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'Person of interest' in custody after human remains found near Mille Lacs Lake

The Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office said "multiple crime scenes" have been processed in connection to the ongoing homicide investigation.

MILLE LACS COUNTY, Minn. — Officials are investigating after highway maintenance workers found what are believed to be human remains Tuesday afternoon inside a tote along the shoreline of Mille Lacs Lake.

In a press release, Mille Lacs County Sheriff Kyle Burton said the department was contacted after county highway maintenance employees found the tote in the ditch while working near the 14200 block of Twilight Road just before 1:50 a.m.

Burton said a 21-year-old man believed to be a person of interest in the case was arrested Tuesday night on four unrelated outstanding warrants, and said investigators have reason to believe he knew the victim.

The Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Department said "multiple crime scenes" have been processed in connection to the investigation, and warrants were executed at a trailer in North Katio Township and an apartment in the City of Isle.

Wednesday night, the department issued a preliminary identification of the victim as 25-year-old Rodney Pendegayosh Jr., of Isle, Minnesota. 

Additional details and charges are expected Thursday.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is also assisting in the investigation.

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