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Sheriff releases sketch of suspect involved in home invasion

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office has released a black and white sketch of the suspect involved in the home invasion reported Sept. 16 at a residence in Pine River Township in rural Backus. Submitted

BACKUS—The Cass County Sheriff's Office released a black and white sketch of the suspect involved in the home invasion reported Sept. 16 at a residence in Pine River Township in rural Backus.

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reported in a news release Friday the investigation into the home invasion continues. Burch stated while several leads and potential sightings of the male suspect have been reported, there has been nothing substantial leading to an identification.

Burch stated it was reported on Tuesday to the sheriff's office a man matching the description of the suspect was seen in a wooded area in northern Pine River Township. The area was searched by deputies and a K-9 for several hours with no results. While several leads are being followed up the sheriff's office asked residents to report anything suspicious in their neighborhoods.

The sketch provided is of the suspect with the description as originally reported. The suspect is described as being a Caucasian male, 6 feet, 5 inches in height with a very large body. At the time of the incident, the suspect was described as wearing all black clothing.

The sheriff's office received a report at 11:18 p.m. Sept. 16 of an intruder at a home. The sheriff's office reported the homeowner shot a gun at the intruder, and the intruder exited the home. It was unknown if the intruder was injured and it is believed he left on foot. Deputies searched the area and were unable to locate the intruder.

The sheriff's office requested the public be diligent and aware of their surroundings, and to report anything suspicious to the sheriff's office at 218-547-1424 or 800-450-2677, with as much detail as possible.

"We also ask that you use social media platforms appropriately and be cautious with publishing or sharing information that has not been confirmed as truthful facts," Burch stated.

The Pine River Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are assisting the sheriff's office with the investigation.

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