Aitkin County Man Charged in Death of Missing Woman
AITKIN, Minn. (AP) – An Aitkin County man is charged with murder after authorities say they found a missing woman’s body buried in a crawl space under the home where he lived.
The family of 35-year-old Michelle Mae, of Outing, reported her missing Oct. 3. Sheriff’s officials say her Jeep was found near the defendant’s residence a day later.
WDIO-TV reports a criminal complaint says Mae met 34-year-old Joshua Karjala online.
The complaint lists evidence of clothing, bedding and electronics that were found in a fireplace, crawl space and in the basement of the residence.
The complaint alleges that Karjala told a nurse at the Aitkin County Jail that he had been using methamphetamine laced with ecstasy and that he “may have killed a girl.”
It’s not clear if Karjala has hired a defense attorney.