MANDAN, N.D. – Four people were found dead Monday in what the police called a & # 39; multiple homicide & # 39; in a property management company in North Dakota.
The bodies of three men and a woman were discovered in RJR Maintenance and Management in Mandan, a city of about 22,000 just across the Missouri west of Bismarck, police chief Jason Ziegler said. The victims were not immediately identified and the police did not say how they died.
"It's a pretty big crime scene, so it's not something that will be easy to get in and do quickly," Ziegler said about the pace of the investigation.
Officers looked through the building, which has an office space at the front and a large warehouse area at the back, and planned to be there "as long as it costs us to get everything we need," the head said.
Ziegler said that someone other than the four people found dead is responsible for the murders. However, the police have not yet identified a suspect and have no motive.
"The crime scene has been restricted where it is, and there is no evidence based on what we see that the general public is in danger of what happened there," Ziegler said. "It looks like an isolated incident."
He said he was unaware of officers who responded to other recent incidents in the company that may have been related to the murders.
The building has many surveillance cameras, Ziegler said. He asked other companies in the area that may have video recordings that they find relevant to emerge.
The police announced Monday morning in a brief statement that they had found "different" authorities while responding to a "medical call" to RJR. As the hours passed without additional information, people with friends or loved ones working at RJR gathered past a police line, fearful of news about those inside.
Judy Praus, 70, said she was an old friend of the owner's family and had just seen her at a restaurant on Saturday. She said she also knew many employees and had no details about one of them.
"When I was notified, I fell apart. Incredibly," she said.
Gina Kessel, 52, from Mandan, appeared on business Monday to pick up her son, Mitchell Kessel, an employee there. She said Mitchell "called me, said something was wrong." She said he didn't tell her what.
She and her son hugged each other, both crying. The son declined to comment before going back behind a police line.
A statement on the company's website said the company was closed on Monday. No one answered the phone on RJR, which is somewhat isolated, despite its location in a business district on a busy main road known as The Strip. There is a large empty area at the front, a golf course at the back and a football complex on one side.
Darin Helbling, a manager of a nearby bowling alley, said the police asked to see the surveillance video of his company. Helbling said the video only showed a few vehicles on the road that separate the companies from 10 p.m. Sunday.
RJR & # 39; s website identified it as a family business that has been handling commercial and residential properties in Bismarck and Mandan for more than 20 years. Its services include collecting rent for landlords, paying mortgages, re-letting apartments, maintaining buildings and grounds, maintaining the lawn and removing snow. It also rents storage units.
A "Meet Our Team" function on the website suggested 22 employees.
Natasha Towne said her brother, Adam Fuehrer, has worked in the company for about eight years. She said she did not know his status and was frustrated by the lack of news. She refused to continue talking.