July 15, 2017 10:39 PM
Two people were arrested Friday after police discovered a body in a St. Paul garage, according to the St. Paul Police Department.
Police said officers were called before 3 p.m. Friday to the 600 block of Lawson Avenue East after a concerned citizen discovered a body. Upon arrival, officers discovered the decomposed body of a deceased adult in the garage. It is believed the victim is a man, according to police.
Investigators believe the body had been in the garage for a significant amount of time.
"When you consider a body could have been there for days, possibly weeks, it certainly complicates the matter," said SPPD spokesperson Steve Linders.
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner is trying to identify the remains and find a cause of death, but police say that could take more time than normal because of the condition of the body.
Police said multiple people were taken to the St. Paul Police Department Headquarters for question.
Police later arrested John Michael Erickson, 49, and Patricia Dawn Yucker, 47. Erickson is being held on suspicion of murder and Yucker is being held on suspicion of interfering with a dead body-concealing evidence.
Steve Nelson, who lives in the neighborhood, said police were on scene all day Friday. Nelson said at about 6 p.m., a forensics team arrived wearing what appeared to be hazmat suits.
"Four guys in hazmat suits were in and out of the garage over a probably a two hour period, hauling things out," Nelson said. "They'd haul something out, lay it on like a gurney, wrap it up in a big roll of plastic and tape it shut."
The departments forensic services unit is working to analyze evidence from the crime scene. Investigators are working with witnesses to determine a motive.
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner is expected to release the victim's identity and the cause of death.
It is believed the victim and suspect knew each other, according to police.
Ben Rodgers and Kirsten Swanson
Updated: July 15, 2017 10:39 PM
Created: July 15, 2017 02:19 PM
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