There were four homicides in 2001 in Crow Wing County, after no homicides in Crow Wing County for two years in 1999 and 2000, the Crow Wing County Board learned Tuesday in a report from the county coroner.
Dr. Janis Amatuzio, forensic pathologist for Midwest Forensic Pathology, who serves as Crow Wing County coroner, reviewed the 2001 cases.
Of the four homicides, three died from a gunshot wound and the fourth died from asphyxia.
Rachel Anthony, a 50-year-old Pequot Lakes resident, was abducted from a Pine River liquor store where she worked on Feb. 27, 2001, and was found dead April 13, 2001, in Breezy Point. The cause of death was determined to be asphyxia due to homicidal violence, an autopsy revealed.
The second murder victim in Crow Wing County in 2001 was Dianne Geist, 29, Merrifield, who was murdered on June 6, 2001. She was killed by her husband, Dennis Geist, 31, Merrifield, who then killed himself.
The final homicides in 2001 were 68-year-old Ted Bieganek and his wife 64-year-old Angie Bieganek, who were found shot to death on Christmas Eve of 2001 in their Barbeau Road home north of Brainerd. Murder charges are pending against a grandson, Josh DeRosier.
Amatuzio reported 339 deaths in 2001 -- 63 more than in 2000. Of the 339 deaths, 295 died of natural causes, 29 died from accidents, five were suicide, four were homicide, four were classified as an undetermined death and two died from other causes.
Of the 295 natural deaths, one boy died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. There were 41 deaths of hospice patients with an average age of 72.
Of the 29 accidental deaths, 13 died as a result of a motor-vehicle accident, down from 17 dying in 2000 from a motor-vehicle accident.
Of the 13 motor-vehicle accident deaths, nine were men and four were women. All four women and two of the men were wearing seat belts. Blood tests found alcohol in seven people.
Of the 16 other accidental deaths, seven occurred from medical complications of a fall; three drowned; three overdosed; one person died from asphyxia; one person died as a result of an industrial accident; and one died from hypothermia.
Amatuzio performed 62 autopsies last year, up from 42 in 2000. She said this increase is driving up costs.
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