Homicide is suspected in the death of a man whose body was found over the weekend on a snowmobile trail in Hibbing, and two teenagers and a young man have been arrested in connection with the killing.
A call to 911 about the body from a snowmobiler about 3 p.m. Sunday sent police and emergency medical personnel to the Mesabi Trail east of Kerr.
Officers confirmed the man was dead and identified him through fingerprints as Joshua R. LaValley, 33, of nearby Aurora, police said.
Authorities have yet to address the circumstances leading to LaValley’s death.
Three people, all from Hibbing, have been arrested: two men ages 18 and 20, and a 17-year-old girl, according to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Charges have yet to be filed. The Star Tribune generally does not identify suspects before they are charged.
In the meantime, police are asking for anyone who had contact with LaValley over the weekend to call them at (218) 263-3601.
This is the second homicide in Hibbing, a city of roughly 16,000, in less than two weeks. On Dec. 25, 34-year-old Jeryel McBeth was shot and killed and Jamien Stukey wounded. Jerome Spann, 29, was arrested in St. Paul and charged with second-degree murder.