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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • Investigation continues in murder of Minnesota man

  • An investigation continues as to who killed a Laotian man from Minnesota whose skeletal remains were found earlier this year in an eastern Newton County field.


     

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  • An investigation continues as to who killed a Laotian man from Minnesota whose skeletal remains were found earlier this year in an eastern Newton County field.
    Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland said Ger Lee’s girlfriend is not being entirely upfront with officials.
    “The girlfriend, the mother of their two children, is telling us somebody came to the house and he went off with them, but she didn’t see who it was,” Copeland said.
    Meanwhile, the department has talked with a Missouri Department of Conservation agent, who checked on some people near Lee’s car, which was found abandoned near the Talbot Conservation Area in Lawrence County.
    “The conservation agent checked people who were near the car,” Copeland said.
    “That’s who we’re trying to locate. They’re friends of the girlfriend. She’s not telling us the entire truth.”
    Lee was last seen leaving Cassville on Jan. 10. On Feb. 21, a cousin of Lee’s, who lives in Cassville, reported the man missing after relatives in Minnesota said he never returned to St. Paul.
    The sheriff’s department released photographs of a necklace found among the remains. The gold-toned necklace contained a large pendant determined to be Buddhist in origin with an inscription believed to be in a Laotian dialect. Relatives saw news reports and photos of the necklace, and identified it as belonging to Lee. Dental records confirmed the identity.
    Lee’s remains were found in a field about 20 feet off of Raven Road in eastern Newton County. Also found were a pair of Levi’s jeans, men’s underwear, a gray pullover shirt, a black jacket and one Doc Marten shoe. Authorities believe Lee was a victim of homicide, as pathologists discovered a bullet in his head during an X-ray.
    Lee had been charged with selling opium in Minnesota, and had posted a $50,000 bond.
    Some of the witnesses in the case did not show up to testify, and charges were dropped, but were in the process of being refilled when the remains were found.
    Lee was also an occupant of a car Minnesota authorities stopped in regards to a multiple shooting in Minnesota, the sheriff said.
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