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Cops: 4 Murdered at N. Dakota Business

Police haven't identified 3 men, 1 woman
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 2, 2019 12:53 AM CDT
Family and friends console each other at the scene near the south side of the RJR Maintenance and Management building in Mandan, N.D., Monday, April 1, 2019.   (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)
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(Newser) – Four people were found dead Monday in what police called a "multiple homicide" at a North Dakota property-management business. The bodies of three men and a woman were discovered inside RJR Maintenance and Management in Mandan, a city of about 22,000 just across the Missouri River west of Bismarck, police chief Jason Ziegler said. The victims weren't immediately identified and police didn't say how they died, the AP reports. "It's quite a large crime scene, so it's not something that's going to be easy for us to get in and do quickly," Ziegler said of the pace of the investigation. Police announced in a brief statement Monday morning that they had found "several" bodies while responding to a "medical call."

Officers were combing through the building, which includes an office area in the front and a large warehouse area in the back, and planned to be there "as long as it takes us to get everything that we need," the chief said. Ziegler said someone other than the four people who were found dead is responsible for the killings. However, police have not yet identified a suspect and have no motive. The public is not believed to be in danger, the chief said. "The crime scene is contained to where it's at, and there is no evidence based upon what we see that the public at large is in any danger from what happened there," Ziegler said. "It looks like an isolated incident."

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