Three bodies found in their home in Zimmerman

  • Article by: LAURIE BLAKE and JIM ADAMS , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: April 1, 2013 - 9:52 AM

Neighbors were anxious for information Sunday about the unexplained deaths in the quiet Sherburne County community.

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Police continue to investigate the scene where three bodies were found Sunday morning in Zimmerman, Minn.

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The bodies of three dead people were found by a relative Sunday morning in their home in Zimmerman, Minn., the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Sheriff Joel Brott reported that all three were dead when deputies arrived at the home. Deputies were called by the relative who found the bodies about 10 a.m.

The Sherburne County Crime Scene Team and the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating the deaths, which have not been classified as homicides, suicides or accidental as yet.

Authorities, however, said that they are not looking for any suspects in the deaths and that neighbors are not in danger.

Additional details are expected to be released Monday by authorities.

“We’ve got 5,000 people and we are all one big family,” said Zimmerman Mayor Dave Earenfight. “They are all in our prayers right now. We will pray and grieve and go on from here.”

Officers had the area around the house blocked off for most of the day Sunday while searching for evidence.

John Peterson’s family was coming home from church on Sunday morning when they saw the police cars half a block from his home in the 10000 block of 5th Av. He said a family with two elementary-age children lived in the home, but officers haven’t told neighbors who was killed. He said he didn’t know the family well, but the home was kept up and they seemed to be good people.

“We’ll wait and see what happens,” he said. “Our family, we are very struck. It hit us like, ‘wow.’ That does not happen up here. It’s a sad story.”

Council Member Gary Clough said the incident occurred about four blocks from his home and five blocks from an elementary school.

When his wife was out walking, neighbors told her it was a domestic situation gone bad.

A former police officer for the city, Clough said the community about an hour north of the Twin Cities does not have serious crime.

“I can’t remember anyone even talking about a homicide in the last 20 years. It was unfortunate that it happened here and ... on Easter.”

laurie.blake@startribune.com 952-746-3287 jim.adams@startribune.com 612-673-7658

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