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Arrest made in Osakis homicide

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OSAKIS -- An Alexandria man was arrested Friday in the homicide case of Diane Fortenberry, 51, of rural Osakis.

During a press conference late Friday, Todd County Sheriff Peter Mikkelson said Jeffery Allen Brooks, 52, had been arrested around noon in Alexandria.

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He was arrested without incident after he left his home. An agent from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and a Todd County Sheriff's deputy made the arrest Friday.

The sheriff said Brooks likely faces second-degree murder charges. Brooks will make his first court appearance Tuesday.

Fortenberry, had lunch with co-workers May 20 and returned to her home, located on the northwest side of Lake Osakis in Gordon Township in Todd County, where she reportedly interrupted a burglary in progress.

She was assaulted and died from blunt force trauma, according to preliminary autopsy results.

Items taken from the home, included collector coins and other currency, jewelry, a depth finder, flat-screen TV, DVD player, Xbox game system and a laptop computer.

Fortenberry's son found her when he returned home from work around 4:40 p.m. She was transported to Long Prairie Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Fortenberry is survived by her husband and two sons.

Forum Communications Co. report from the Osakis Review.

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