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More forensic evidence needed in Bemidji double homicide

ECKLES TOWNSHIP, MN — Nearly three weeks after two bodies were found near Bemidji, there are still no charges against the man who has been identified as a suspect.

Authorities say that’s because they need more forensic evidence.

The bodies were discovered in a burn pit outside a home in Eckles Township on February 5.

Since then, authorities have released few other details, only saying one of the victims is likely from Superior, and the other is from the Twin Cities.

They’re still waiting on one autopsy to be completed, something which the sheriff says could take “a while.”

Without that autopsy, authorities haven’t been able to confirm how exactly either person died, or who killed them.

But, they say Darren Stebe, 44, is a suspect, and was taken into custody on unrelated charges shortly after the bodies were found.

His current incarceration stems back to 2011, when he was sentenced to about 15 years in the Department of Corrections on a felony drug charge.

According to the Department of Corrections, he was released early on August 13, 2018 and was out on intensive supervised release at the time the bodies were found. Stebe had been on supervised release about six months before he was taken back into custody.

Authorities say more answers will come when the second autopsy is complete. The Beltrami County Sheriff wasn’t able to share when that will be.

Krystal Frasier

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