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Sheriff: Christopher Rossing case now being handled as a death investigation

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty announced today, Tuesday, Oct. 21, that the disappearance of Christopher Rossing is now being handled as a death investigation.

On Monday Oct. 13, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the Robert Nuttall and Gwen Butcher residence located at 22164 150th Street in Hutchinson. Robert Nuttall and Gwen Butcher have been formally charged in connection to the disappearance of Christopher Rossing. The Sheriff’s Office confirms that evidence of human remains, including bone fragments and teeth, were recovered from a fire pit located at the residence. Human remains were also recovered from a corn field located across the street from this address. The evidence was sent to the Anoka County Medical Examiner’s Office and the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Lab for analysis and identification.

Investigators suspect that additional persons have information relevant to this death investigation, and are asking for assistance in identifying those persons who have knowledge about this death or the cover up of that death.

The Sheriff’s Office is requesting anyone with information on the death of Christopher Rossing to contact the Sheriff’s office at (763) 682-7637. Investigators are also seeking the assistance of the public and dental professionals in locating clinics where Christopher Rossing may have received dental work.

Two drownings in 24-hours in Carver County

CARVER COUNTY, MN – Two separate drownings were reported within 24 hours at Parley Lake in Carver County, including one incident that claimed the life of a 6-year-old, according to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office and Fox 9.

Preliminary findings suggest that a boat was adrift from the dock with 6-year-old Hunter Andrew Heyrman on board. The child’s father, Chad Heyrman, attempted to swim to retrieve the boat, but was unsuccessful. A short time later, the boat was located, and the boy was not in it. Deputies found him unresponsive in the water, and rescue workers performed CPR. The child was transported to Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia where he was pronounced dead.

In a separate incident Oct. 18, 60-year-old Dean William Beautow fell out of a boat on Parley Lake, and was pulled unconscious from the water. Beautow was taken to Ridgeview Hospital, where he later died.

Neither of the victims appeared to be wearing life jackets.

Evidence found in Rossing case

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty announced Oct. 16 that Monday, Oct. 13, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a residence located at 22164 150th Street in Hutchinson in connection to the Christopher Rossing missing person case.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by agents from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and McLeod County Sheriff’s Office. The search was completed Thursday, Oct. 16.

Evidence believed to be connected to the disappearance of Christopher Rossing was collected from the property and sent to state and local labs for analysis. No further information will be released as to the nature of the evidence.

The investigation into the disappearance of Christopher Rossing continues. The sheriff’s office is requesting anyone with information about the disappearance of Christopher Rossing, including suspicious activity at 22164 150th Street, Hutchinson, on or after Friday Aug. 22, to contact the sheriff’s office at (763) 682-7637.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fire Prevention Week at area schools

HOWARD LAKE, WINSTED, LESTER PRAIRIE, WAVERLY, MAYER, MN – Firefighters have been visiting students in area communities for Fire Prevention Week Oct. 6-11. To see our photos, click herehttp://photos.herald-journal.com/Fire-Prevention-Week-2014

More photos will be added throughout the week. Two pages of photos will be printed in the Monday, Oct. 13 edition of the Herald Journal.

Two injured in Highway 12 crash near Waverly

WAVERLY, MN – Casey R. Twardy, 23, of Eden Valley, and Sarah Hogue-Drusch, 21, of Rockford, were seriously injured in a head-on crash on Highway 12 near Waverly Friday Oct. 3.
A 2014 International Pro Star semi driven by Dumitri Lupascu, 29 of Apharetta, GA, and a 2003 Mitsubishi Montero driven by Hogue-Drusch were westbound on Highway 12 near Waverly Oct. 3 at about 5:37 a.m., according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
A 2015 GMC Sierra driven by Twardy was eastbound on Highway 12.
According to the state patrol, Twardy’s vehicle crossed the median, hit the trailer of the semi, and then hit the Mitsubishi head-on, causing it to roll into the north ditch.
According to the state patrol, Twardy sustained serious injuries. Hogue-Drusch received injuries described as non-life-threatening. Lupascu sustained no apparent injuries.

Railroad incident reported in Middleville Township

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty has announced that on Oct. 1, at approximately 2:35 a.m. the Wright County Sheriff’s Office communications center received a report of a trespasser on the railroad tracks near Wright County Road 5 SW and 51st St. SW in Middleville Township.

Burlington Northern Santé Fe officials advised that a train crew had observed a male party wearing dark clothing walking eastbound on the tracks as one of their trains passed by. The male party, identified as Kyle McAllister age 26 of Dassel, was found near Oliver Ave SW and County Road 4 SW where it appeared he had fallen from the railroad bridge. McAllister was transported by Cokato Ambulance to North Memorial Hospital and was listed in critical condition.

It has not been verified whether or not McAllister was struck by the train. The incident is currently under investigation, according to Hagerty.