2 indicted in death of Minnesota man who went missing


Two men were indicted on first-degree murder charges in the death of Jamie Wylie, a Foley man whose body was found on a county road in March four months after he disappeared.

The St. Cloud Times reports a Benton County grand jury indicted 26-year-old Travis Michael McKinney and 25-year-old Joshua Lee Smith.

McKinney is charged with first- and second-degree murder, possessing a firearm as a felon and interfering with a corpse, the paper says; Smith faces aiding and abetting first- and second-degree murder charges.

The St. Cloud Times says the indictments were returned on Wednesday.

Wylie, a Cottage Grove native who was living in Foley, was last seen alive on Dec. 9 at a friend’s house in St. Cloud. His final contact with family was by cellphone Dec. 10. Forum News Service said he did not have a car at the time, and how he left is unknown.

Wylie's body was found on County Road 75 just east of St. Cloud in March, and medical examiners identified the cause of death as a gunshot wound.

McKinney and Smith were arrested and charged in May, the Star Tribune reported.

According to the paper, the criminal complaint said Wylie had been staying at Smith's house, and Smith believed Wylie was a police snitch and was planning to sexually assault a woman whom Smith liked.

When Wylie went outside to smoke, the complaint claims McKinney and Smith grabbed him and drove him to the Foley area, where McKinney shot him multiple times, the paper said.

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