21-year-old Backus woman killed in crash in Pine River

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Another suspect identified in Pine River man's death

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Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reported Friday the female suspect taken into custody involving the death of Mark Andrew Huesman, 27, Pine River, was released pending further investigation.

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The woman, a 20-year-old Backus resident acquainted with the victim, remains a person of interest in connection with the case, the sheriff’s department reported.

Cass County authorities have identified a male suspect, who is currently in custody in another facility on unrelated charges.

Huesman’s remains were found in a shallow grave on the property of JB’s Welding and Repair in rural Pine River Tuesday. Huesman was reported missing Monday after he was last seen in the Pine River area a week earlier. Foul play is suspected in his death. Huesman’s body was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting Cass County with the death investigation.

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