Possible Remains of Superior Man Found in Beltrami Co. Fire Pit

Updated: February 13, 2019 03:21 PM

Authorities investigating a suspected double homicide say human remains found in a Beltrami County fire pit have been identified as a Twin Cities-area man, and they believe other remains found at the site belong to a Superior man.

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Deputies found the remains near a residence on Highway 89 in Eckles Township, west of Bemidji, on Feb. 5 while investigating a missing persons case.  The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office has positively identified one of the victims as 39-year-old Adam P. Thorpe of Maple Grove.

Sheriff Ernie Beitel said Wednesday that the other victim is believed to be 41-year-old Jason J. McDonough of Superior, but further testing is needed to confirm whether the remains found are McDonough.

A 44-year-old man who lives at the Eckles Township residence was arrested on an alleged probation violation.  The case has been sent to the Beltrami County Attorney's Office for possible charges.

The investigation began Feb. 4 when a caller told the sheriff's office that they had not heard from a relative since he left for Beltrami County the prior week.

Deputies found the missing man's vehicle at the Palace Casino in Cass County on Feb. 4 and found information that led them to question the Eckles Township residents.  The human remains were found the next morning when the sheriff's office, with assistance from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, executed a search warrant at the residence.

Beitel said last week there is no threat to the public.  He said Wednesday that investigators have been working to establish a motive and timeline of events.

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