September 21, 2016 06:34 PM
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner says the two people found dead in a home Tuesday morning had both been deceased for more than a year.
Police were called to the 4700 block of Sandra Lane at 7:32 a.m. Tuesday after a neighbor requested a welfare check. Neighbors told police there may be three people at the home, include two twin brothers and their mother.
Longtime White Bear Lake resident Kay Anderson said she noticed the grass at the home hadn’t been cut for some time, and she began to worry.
"Something just, in my head, didn't sound right," Anderson said.
Kay Anderson and her husband, Doug Anderson, had been noticing something was different at the house next door for weeks.
"No trucks moving, no grass being cut, no garbage being taken out for at least two weeks, maybe a little bit more," Doug Anderson said.
The Andersons lived next to the White Bear Lake house on Sandra Lane for decades. Kay Anderson was the one who called police Tuesday morning.
Officers arrived and said they could see a dead person through a main floor window. When they entered the home, they found a second dead person downstairs.
"Slowly, I saw them bring one body out, and then I watched and I saw them go back in the house with the empty gurney, so I knew then that there was another one in there,” Doug Anderson said.
Police also said 59-year-old Robert James Kuefler was at the home at the time and was interviewed by police. He was arrested on suspicion of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult and was booked into Ramsey County Jail.
Kuefler told police that both people had died on separate occasions in 2015, which is consistent with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s report that they had been dead for more than a year.
Doug Anderson said Kuefler has been ill for years and depended on his brother, Richard, to take care of both himself and their aging mother, Evelyn.
The medical examiner’s office said they weren’t able to determine the causes of death, but it’s believed they were due to natural causes, adding it may take several weeks to confirm the identities of the two bodies.
Updated: September 21, 2016 06:34 PM
Created: September 21, 2016 03:50 PM
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