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Update: Missing Alberta woman's remains found; three suspects in custody

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MORRIS - The remains of an Alberta woman missing since late December were found buried on the property where she lived, and three possible suspects in her death are in custody, law enforcement reported today.

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Agents from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and deputies with the Stevens County Sheriff's Office discovered the body of Tamara Lee Mason, 49, buried at her Alberta home.

Two suspects are currently in custody -- one adult male and one juvenile. Charges are expected to be filed against the two, and a possible third suspect, on Monday.

The third suspect, an adult male, was already in custody on an unrelated matter. The adult suspects, who are in custody in Kandiyohi and Traverse counties, will be identified after charges are filed. The juvenile is being detained in Moorhead, according to Stevens County Attorney Randy Willis.

Mason was reported missing by family members on Dec. 27, 2010. The Stevens County Sheriff's Office had no leads in the case until May, when information led them believe there may be foul play in the case. The BCA was called in at that time.

On Wednesday, an agent from the BCA and an investigator from the Stevens County Sheriff's Office obtained information that ultimately led them to the discovery of Mason's remains on Thursday.

The investigators had been in regular contact with the suspect in custody in Kandiyohi County. The suspect had been detained on a warrant by the Morris Police Department and was extradited from Ohio in recent weeks, Willis said.

"On Tuesday, after about five hours (talking with investigators), he gave her up," Willis said. "He said where the body would be."

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and positively identified Mason Friday and listed the manner of death as a homicide.

The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office and the Benson Police Department also assisted in the investigation.

Update 3 p.m.: Buried remains found in backyard of missing woman in Alberta, Minn.

ALBERTA, Minn. (AP) - The Stevens County sheriff has confirmed a body has been found buried in the backyard of an Alberta woman who's been missing since last December.

Sheriff Randy Willis tells KSAX-TV ( http://bit.ly/no3AaR) an autopsy is being done Friday to identify the remains. Willis says authorities began digging Thursday in the backyard of Tamara Mason's home. The sheriff's department has been looking for Mason since she was reported missing on Dec. 27.

Willis won't say what led authorities to begin digging.

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Information from: KSAX-TV, http://www.ksax.com/

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