LINO LAKES -- Authorities searched Friday for a man suspected of killing his sister, her husband and their three children.
Officers found them dead just before 1 p.m. Thursday, after a co-worker called police out of concern that the family's father had not shown up for work.
Authorities withheld the names pending positive identification of the bodies. But some relatives identified the victims as the suspect's sister, Donna Mimbach; her husband, Todd Mimbach; and their three children, John Mimbach, 12, Amber Duval, 9, and Daniel Mimbach, 1.
Police identified the suspect as Lawrence Scott Dame, a former state prison inmate who had been released the day before the killings from the Anoka County jail, where he was being held for allegedly stealing one of the family's cars.
Lawrence Scott Dame, 28, in this undated handout photograph, is being sought for questioning in the deaths of five members of a Lino Lakes, Minn. family whose bodies were discovered Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000. Dame, the brother of one of the victims, was recently released from the Anoka (Minn.) County jail for allegedly stealing one of the family's cars. (AP Photo/St. Paul Pioneer Press)
The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported Friday that as a condition of his release, Dame was supposed to report to a hospital for a mental health crisis intervention immediately after he left jail.
The newspaper quoted Don Ilse, director of field services for Anoka County Community Corrections, as saying Dame did speak with a mental health professional at the hospital.
Family members said they unsuccessfully tried admitting Dame to Mercy Hospital Wednesday night after being released from Anoka County Jail at 4 p.m. because they considered him dangerous.
"None of them wanted him there (at the Mimbach home) last night," Hannah Dame, the suspect's mother, told the Pioneer Press. "If they would have admitted him, all this would have been fine."
Citing patient confidentiality, Mercy spokesman Vince Rivard told the Saint Paul Pioneer Press the hospital couldn't release any information.
Hannah Dame said her son had been acting strangely and recently claimed to hear voices. She said her son said, "'The spirits said your family is going to kill you. Well, I better kill everyone before they kill me."'
Police stretched yellow tape to cordon off the house, a gray two-story in a cul de sac in this suburb about 17 miles northeast of Minneapolis.
Dame was described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, about 150 pounds with short hair. Dame should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.
He may have been driving a car that belonged to the victims, a gold 1999 Saturn station wagon with Minnesota license DDY 957. Anyone who saw such a car was asked to contact the Anoka County sheriff's office at (763) 427-1212.
Police had been called to the house twice recently for trouble involving Dame.
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