2 found in White Bear Lake were dead for a year

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. - The two bodies found in a White Bear Lake home Tuesday had apparently been there for more than a year, according to authorities. 

The bodies of a 93-year-old woman and a 59-year-old man were found around 7:32 a.m. at a home on the 4700 block of Sandra Lane, after receiving a request for a welfare check. The caller said the yard was overgrown and there hadn't been any recent activity at the home.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner released their findings on Wednesday, saying they were unable to determine the cause of death for either of the deceased but found both had been dead for more than a year. 

At this time, they believe both died of natural causes. 

A 59-year-old man who was in the home when the bodies were discovered told authorities the two people died on separate occasions in 2015. That man, who neighbors say lives at the home with his twin brother and elderly mother, was arrested and booked at the Ramsey County Jail on possible charges of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. 

When officers arrived to the home, they saw one of the deceased through a main floor window. Another body was later found downstairs inside the residence.

Authorities continue to investigate but say it could take weeks to positively identify the two deceased individuals. 


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