Sheriff: Missing Paynesville Couple Found Dead, Grandson Arrested

March 23, 2018 10:37 PM

A missing Paynesville couple has been found dead and their grandson has been arrested.

A release from the Stearns County Sheriff's Department early Friday morning reported investigators found the bodies of two elderly adults inside a car on a rural Kandiyohi County road around 5:10 p.m. Thursday.


The bodies were discovered inside a 2011 Toyota Prius, the vehicle that had been included in a Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension crime alert sent out earlier in an attempt to locate 93-year-old Wilbert Scheel and 80-year-old Gloria Scheel.

Their bodies have been sent to the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office to be autopsied and positively identified. 

Authorities say family members reported the two missing on Wednesday after they didn't show up for a dinner engagement. They were last seen in Paynesville. Authorities say their grandson, 33-year-old Gregory Scheel, did not show up for work that same night.

Just before 9:15 p.m. Thursday, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department found and arrested Gregory Scheel south of where the Prius was located.

The Paynesville Police Department, Stearns County Sheriff's Office, Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are all working on the death investigation.

The release said authorities are not looking for anyone else and there is believed to be no threat to the public. 

The Stearns County Sheriff's Department said Friday afternoon that no charges had yet been filed and autopsy results were still pending.

A further update was expected to be provided around 5:30 p.m.

*Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story misreported the couple was found safe. It has since been updated.



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