WILLMAR - An autopsy performed by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office showed that murder victim Lila Warwick, 79, of Willmar died of multiple stab wounds and injuries to the neck consistent with strangulation, Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog said today.
Hartog said two male individuals were arrested late Wednesday evening in connection with the death of Warwick, who lived alone at her home in the 3000 block of U.S. Highway 12 East.
Hartog said sheriff’s office investigators and agents of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrested Brok Nathaniel Junkermeier, 19, of Willmar, and a 16-year-old juvenile from Willmar.
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Hartog said Junkermeier was taken into custody at the West Central Tribune where he was working in the mailroom Wednesday night and was brought in for questioning.
Hartog said Junkermeier was booked into the Kandiyohi County Jail for second-degree murder and first-degree burglary. The 16-year-old was booked into the Prairie Lakes Youth Program detention facility in Willmar for liability crimes of another for second-degree murder and first-degree burglary.
Both individuals are pending court hearings for formal charges by the Kandiyohi County Attorney’s Office.
The sheriff’s office was called at 5:09 p.m. Monday to check on Warwick’s welfare. When deputies arrived at the residence, they found Warwick deceased.
Hartog said this morning it’s possible Junkermeier will be in court Friday morning.
“Our reports have to get over to the county attorney and they have to take the information off those reports to draft the complaint,’’ he said.
Hartog did not know for sure when the 16-year-old would appear in court.
Hartog said the two individuals were determined to be suspects in the case through the investigation that the detectives and the BCA agents were putting together and from information that was being generated through the investigation. He said the investigation continues.
“It’s good that we have people in custody in regards to who did this and for the family and for the public,’’ Hartog said.