No charges yet filed for suspect in double homicide

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

BEMIDJI– Three months after human remains were discovered in a fire pit, the Beltrami County Attorney’s Office hasn’t filed any charges. 

Prosecutors say there’s no reason to rush that filing because the primary suspect is already behind bars. 

Forty-four-year-old Darren Stebe of Bemidji was taken into Department of Corrections custody three months ago for his connection to a missing person case. 

The remains found in that fire pit on Highway 89 have been identified as 39-year-old Adam Thorpe of Maple Grove and 41-year-old Jason McDonough of rural Superior, Wisconsin.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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