Remains found near Fargo those of missing Twin Cities woman

Published 9:29 am Thursday, December 29, 2016

FARGO, N.D. — A University of North Dakota pathologist said human remains found during a search west of Fargo earlier this month are those of a missing Twin Cities woman.

Forty-five-year-old Michelle Newell of Vadnais Heights was last seen alive in Cass County, North Dakota, in late August. Authorities said the suspect in Newell’s death, 51-year-old Timothy Barr, of Lakeville provided information that led deputies to the remains.

Prosecutors have alleged Barr indicated to informants that he argued with Newell over methamphetamine and accidentally ran her over before disposing of her body.

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Barr is jailed on felony charges of manslaughter and failing to stop in an accident involving death or injury. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 17.

Barr’s public defender, Mark Beauchene, declined to comment.