Report: Search turns up new evidence in missing person case


A Twin Cities television station reports on new evidence in the investigation into a missing Wright County man.

FOX 9 reports that "a credible source" said ashes and bone fragments were recovered from a corn field located across the street from a farmhouse near Hutchinson. The report said the evidence was scattered over an area about 100 feet from the road. The search area is adjacent to where kidnapping suspect Robert Otis Nuttall, 28, lived with his girlfriend.

KSTP reported that authorities executed a search warrant and spent four days searching the area in McLeod County last week. The Wright County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by agents from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and McLeod County Sheriff’s Office. The evidence was sent to state and local crime labs. KARE reported that the Wright County Sheriff's Office had received dozens of tips in the case; Wright County Sheriff's Captain Todd Hoffman told the station that the search of the farm near Hutchinson is based on one of them.

Nuttall was charged Sept. 10 with kidnapping Christopher Rossing, 25. Rossing who was last seen at a Wright County bar in August. Rossing’s car was found in Howard Lake four days after he vanished. Rossing's family initiated several searches for him and a Facebook page run by his family asks anyone with information about Rossing to come forward.

KSTP reports Nuttall has not cooperated with police. Nuttall's girlfriend Gwen Butcher, 32, was charged with felony obstruction charges in connection with the case.

Butcher is out on bond, and FOX 9 said he was staying at the McLeod County farmhouse as recently as Saturday.

Nuttall and Butcher are both due in court this week.

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