Chippewa County investigates deaths of two at remote, rural location

Officers respond to family members worried about suicidal person, possibly with a girlfriend


MONTEVIDEO — The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deaths of two people Sunday near Montevideo.

The Sheriff’s Office received a request around noon Sunday to aid in locating a suicidal person believed to be in the county. Family members said they believed a girlfriend was with the suicidal person, according to a news release from Chippewa County Sheriff Derek Olson.

Law enforcement officers located two adults in a secluded area of Chippewa County, west of the Sparta Cemetery.

One individual was pronounced dead at the scene. The other was transported by ambulance to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale where that person was pronounced deceased.

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office will identify the deceased and determine the cause and manner of their deaths. The names of the deceased will be released once the autopsies and family notifications are completed, Olson said in the release.


The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office is investigating the deaths with assistance from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The Granite Falls Police Department, Granite Falls Ambulance, the Granite Falls Fire Department, the Minnesota State Patrol and North Memorial Air Care provided assistance at the scene.

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