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Clarkfield woman identified in search warrant of S.D. homicide case

GRANITE FALLS -- Authorities are investigating whether the Clarkfield woman interviewed last week is the mother of the two newborns whose remains were found last fall in rural South Dakota.

A search warrant in the South Dakota homicide case was executed Tuesday for various cellphone, photo and computer equipment plus DNA swabs from Kelly Jean Anderson, 34, of Clarkfield, formerly of Hendricks.

According to the search warrant and supporting affidavit filed in District Court in Yellow Medicine County, authorities were seeking photos of her in a state of pregnancy between 2008 and 2011 and photos of her wearing a South Dakota State University shirt found with the remains. The warrant also details a search for literature, notes or other computer searches related to pregnancy, self-delivery, home delivery, abortion, concealing pregnancy and disposing of human remains.

The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation has been conducting the homicide investigation since the November discovery of the remains in a tree grove on farmland by Fish Lake, near Astoria, S.D. The Deuel County land is owned by a family member of Anderson, and there is a cabin there which she has permission to use, according to the affidavit.

The search warrant says Kelly Anderson is also known as Kelly Jean Johnson and Kelly Jean Anderson-Person.

During Tuesday's search warrant execution and interview at a Clarkfield home, Anderson produced a handgun and pointed it at herself, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a statement Friday. The South Dakota officers struggled with her and the gun fired, but no one was injured.

The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office was present for assistance and has been cooperating in the investigation of the homicide and of the gun incident with South Dakota authorities and with the Minnesota BCA.

Read more on this story Tuesday in the West Central Tribune.

Susan Lunneborg
Susan Lunneborg is news editor of the West Central Tribune. She joined the staff in Willmar in 1999 and has been a newspaper journalist for more than 20 years. She can be reached directly at the email linked here, but for the most timely response, please send news releases to the Tribune's general news email:
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