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Body of missing Pine River man found

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The body of Mark Andrew Huesmann was located on the property of JB’s Welding and2 / 4
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PINE RIVER — The body of the missing 27-year-old Pine River man was found late Tuesday night and a 20-year-old Backus woman is in custody in connection with the crime, Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch said.

Burch said the body of Mark Andrew Huesmann, who was last seen in the Pine River area about a week ago, was located on the property of JB’s Welding and Repair in rural Pine River in a shallow grave. The victim was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

Burch said the suspect, whose name is being withheld pending formal charges, and Huesmann were acquaintances. At this time, Burch said they are not aware of any motives in the killing.

Burch anticipates that there may be more suspects involved in the death of Huesmann.

Burch said the public should not be concerned for their safety.

“We don’t have any lunatics running around,” said Burch. “The public should not be fearful.”

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting the sheriff’s office with the investigation.

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