UPDATE: Suspicious St. Louis Co. Death Ruled as Homicide

Updated: October 10, 2019 10:38 AM

MAKINEN, Minn. -The Midwest Medical Examiner's office has ruled the suspicious death of a Makinen man as a homicide. 


On Wednesday afternoon, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as 47-year-old Frank Gerald Meyer. The office said deputies found Meyer's body at about 1 p.m. at a residence in Curt Lane Tuesday after a 911 caller requested that they conduct a welfare check.

Authorities at the scene told WDIO Wednesday that no arrests have been made yet. The sheriff's office has said there is no danger to the public. The property was covered with crime scene tape Wednesday afternoon.

The suspicious death unfolded Tuesday. Family and friends were concerned for the well-being of Meyer's since they hadn't seen him in a few days.

"We've followed up with people, friends, relatives. We notified next of kin of the circumstances we ran into and are trying to follow up with every lead and every angle we can to try to figure out what took place," said St. Louis County Sheriff's Office Lt. Nate Skelton. 

The death is being investigated as a homicide due to its suspicious circumstances. The investigation is active and ongoing.

"It's a standard procedure, if it’s a suspicious death we operate under the suspicion that it could and is possibly a homicide until we're told or the evidence tells us differently," said Skelton.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting in the investigation. Their crime scene team have been on the property since Tuesday afternoon.  

Makinen is southeast of Eveleth, off County Highway 16. It's a small rural community, that's why police are taken back by the incident.

"It's unusual for this entire area, we don’t see this that often, especially in northeastern Minnesota. It does happen from time to time but isn’t in ordinary realm of things that occur here," said Skelton.

Anyone with information is asked to call the BCA tip line at 1-877-996-6222.

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