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Two people of interest targeted in missing person case

Unidentified remains found on farm in western Minnesota

June 23, 2018 - 1:09 pm
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Two people are considered persons of interest after human remains were discovered on a western Minnesota farmstead during the search for a missing person.

41-year-old Troy Yarbrough of Wahpeton, ND has been missing since June 9th, and police say it appears he was not forced to leave his home.  

But they do say Yarbrough was last seen with a man and a woman who live on the farmstead where the remains were found.  

The site is in Hitterdahl, located northeast of Moorhead, and about 60 miles away from where Yarbrough lived.

The search this past Wednesday and Thursday, with assistance from the Minnesota BCA, involved a dive team, a drone, and people digging with shovels.

The remains found on the property are not identified. Wahpeton's police chief says charges are expected in the case. 

The people of interest are identified in a news release by the Wahpeton police department as Jason Jensen, 39, and Kayla Westcott, 34, and that investigators had detained them.

Records list the farmstead as Jensen's home address.

The Clay County jail inmate roster shows Westcott in custody for drunk driving and domestic assault, and also lists"sudden death" and "body found."

Staff members at the jail in Moorhead were reported saying that Jensen is not in custody. On Saturday, there was one entry under "John Doe" with "search warrant" listed under charges.

Minnesota court records show Jensen pleaded guilty to assault charges last year and earlier this year.

Information from The Associated Press included in content.