Bemidji man convicted of aiding in slaying of missing mother

Published 10:05 am Wednesday, October 26, 2016

BEMIDJI — A Bemidji man has been convicted of helping burn and bury a woman’s body.

According to a press release, a Beltrami County jury found 32-year-old Brandon Rossbach guilty of aiding an offender in the death of Rose Downwind, a mother of five and the granddaughter of American Indian Movement co-founder Dennis Banks.

Downwind disappeared in October 2015. Her burned body was found in a shallow grave in a forest northwest of Bemidji last December.

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An autopsy indicated she had been strangled. Her ex-boyfriend, Marchello Cimmarusti, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in April.