A northwestern Wisconsin man not heard from for many days was found dead in an east-central Minnesota cabin roughly 100 miles from his home, and two young men remain jailed in connection with the death, authorities said.
Police in Barron, Wis., said a tip they received led them Tuesday to a remote cabin on McDermott Creek Road east of Sandstone, where they found the body of Chris Etchison, 36, of Barron, inside.
Law enforcement officers noted signs of forced entry at the cabin, according to emergency dispatch audio.
“He was deceased with no obvious cause of death,” read a statement late Wednesday afternoon from the Pine County Sheriff’s Office. The body has been turned over to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office for further investigation.
Authorities said family reported him missing Friday, and law enforcement searched his apartment for clues Monday.
One family member, sister Karen Etchison Beatty, wrote on Facebook two days before Etchison’s body was found that “no one has seen or heard from my brother Chris since April 14th.”
While the circumstances surrounding Etchison’s death have not been disclosed, three people from northwestern Wisconsin were questioned Tuesday and arrested.
Two of them remain jailed in Barron County: an 18-year-old man on suspicion of battery, identity theft and resisting law enforcement; and a 20-year-old man on suspicion of identity theft, resisting law enforcement and parole violation. Barron police also said they had jailed a young woman.
Charges are pending. The Star Tribune generally does not identify suspects before they are charged.