Prosecutors in Fargo charge Minnesota man with manslaughter
Led deputies to where the remains, of Michelle Newell, were found
North Dakota authorities have charged a Minnesota man with manslaughter in the death of a Twin Cities woman after human remains were found west of Fargo.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office cautions that it’s not certain yet whether the remains found Friday are those of 45-year-old Michelle Newell, of Vadnais Heights, Minnesota, who had been missing since late August. But it says the suspect, 51-year-old Timothy Barr, of Lakeville, Minnesota, provided information that led deputies to the remains.
Barr was originally charged in Minnesota with second-degree murder, but prosecutors dropped the charges last month, saying they lacked jurisdiction because there was no evidence the alleged crime was committed in Minnesota.
Barr is now awaiting an extradition hearing.
Barr’s attorney did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment on the charges.
Cass County Sheriff’s Department Release courtesy of KVRR Fargo:
On Friday, December 2nd, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office located what deputies believe to be human remains at a rural Cass County location. The Sheriff’s Office was actively searching a specific location pertaining to the missing person report of Michelle Newell out of Ramsey County, MN. The identified location was provided to law enforcement by Timothy Barr. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office, along with the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, did find what law enforcement believes to be human remains. At this time, it is not certain that the human remains located are those of Ms. Newell. The discovered remains were sent to the medical examiner’s office to assist in the identification process.
Timothy Barr has been formally charged in Cass County District Court with the below listed charges;
1. Manslaughter (B Felony)
2. Duty In Accident Involving Death or Injury (B Felony)
Timothy Barr is currently in custody awaiting an extradition hearing in Minnesota pertaining to the listed Cass County charges.