Human remains found in Clay County landfill believed to be those of Moorhead woman
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Authorities say human remains were found in a Clay County landfill Wednesday afternoon.
According to Moorhead police, investigators believe the remains to be those of Dystynee Avery. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct a medical examination and release the victim's identity at a later time.
KSTP spoke with Doreen Avery, Dystynee's mother on Wednesday.
"It feels like it's a dream. It feels like it's a horror movie," said Doreen. "It feels like it's crime show TV. It doesn't feel like it's my life."
Dystynee had been living with Ethan Broad at the time of her death. Broad has been charged with second-degree murder.
Court documents show he admitted to killing and dismembering Dystynee with a saw, then putting the body parts into garbage bags and throwing them into dumpsters at an apartment complex.
"Why? Why did you have to take it to such extremes? Why did you have to do what you did?" asked Doreen.
Police also arrested Andrea Payne and David Erno Tuesday night on accessory to murder charges.
"She said Dystynee was a sister to her and was family to her and yet you're going to let this happen and not say anything and not do anything?" said Doreen. "You could've done something that night and my daughter might still be here."
When asked what she believes would be justice in this case, Avery responded, "All three of them to get life in prison. I want them to pay for what they did to her."
Doreen said they hope to bring Dystynee's body back home to Colorado for burial. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with those efforts.
Moorhead police said the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Clay County Sheriff's Office, Valley Water Rescue and Clay County Solid Waste Management Divison all assisted during the search.