Update 6/09/2021: The Minot Police Department is working with the North Dakota State Forensic Examiner’s Office and the North Dakota State Crime Laboratory to identify the human remains found in the vehicle fire from June 3rd,2021. The Forensic Examiner’s Office has determined the remains are of an adult female, but due to extreme circumstances surrounding this case, we must wait for DNA results for a positive identification. DNA identification is a time consuming process and can take weeks to complete. Investigators have strong evidence to suggest the identity of the victim, but we cannot release this information until a positive identification is made. We have been in contact with family of the presumed victim. Upon identification we will provide family ample time to ensure all family notifications have been completed. The Police Department is investigating this death as a murder. Investigators are actively following up all leads in this case. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Minot Police Department at 701-852-0111 or Crime Stoppers at 701-852-7463 (701-85-CRIME). Callers may remain anonymous.
Reference Case #21-15675. Original Release 6/03/2021: The Minot Police Department is investigating a suspicious death and vehicle fire in SE Minot. At around 1 am the Minot Fire Department was alerted to a fully engulfed vehicle fire in SE Minot. Police and fire units responded to the scene. Fire crews quickly extinguished the fire and found a single occupant in the vehicle. Police are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding this fire and death as well as working to identify the victim. No further information is available at this time.