Authorities believe Ty Hoffman is getting help

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Ramsey County Sheriff's Department issued a stern warning to anyone who has been in contact with 44-year-old Ty Hoffman since Monday and hasn't let them know.

Hoffman was formally charged Friday in the murder of his former boyfriend, 48-year-old Kelly Phillips.

Authorities say Hoffman shot Phillips in a gas station parking lot in Arden Hills Monday morning and then took off in Phillips' car.

Ramsey County Undersheriff Joe Paget said his team believes Hoffman has been in contact with people since then and that those people have been aiding Hoffman in avoiding detection.

And Paget warned that is a crime.

"By law, harboring, aiding or assisting Mr. Hoffman by word or act or intentionally aiding him by concealing evidence, providing false or misleading information or otherwise obstructing this investigation is a felony," Paget said.

The penalty for aiding and abetting is up to 20 years in prison.

Paget says his team has no evidence that would indicate Hoffman is dead or is outside of the country but would not elaborate on that.

Hoffman was charged Friday but the details of those charges are sealed until his is taken into custody because the details, according to the court order, may hamper the ongoing manhunt and investigation.

Once Hoffman is found the state is seeking he be held on $1 million bail.

Phillips' family held his wake on Friday in Iowa, he will be laid to rest on Saturday.


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