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Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
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Jill Oliveira  651-793-2726
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2019
Death Investigation Underway in Becker County

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified three persons found deceased on Monday in a home in Becker County.

  • Emma LaRoque, 28, of 26494 Beaver Trail, Unit 197, in rural Ogema, died of suicide due to a gunshot wound. Her children have also been identified.
  • Shane Woods, 9, same address, died of homicidal violence.
  • Frederick York, 4, same address, died of homicidal violence.

Based on the preliminary investigation, it is believed there is no threat to the public.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s (BCA) investigation of the incident is ongoing.

 

INFORMATION RELEASED ON MARCH 18, 2019

ST. PAUL — The Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of three people found in a home off Highway 34 in rural Ogema in Becker County this afternoon.

Law enforcement responded to the residence following a call reporting a possible incident at the home.

The deceased persons will be taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for formal identification and autopsy.

No one is in custody. Investigators have no information at this time to indicate an ongoing threat to the public.

The BCA is investigating the deaths with assistance from the Becker County Sheriff’s Office, the Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force, Detroit Lakes Police Department, White Earth Tribal Police Department and the FBI.

The investigation is in its very early stages. The BCA will provide further information as the investigation progresses.

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