Remains Found North of Duluth

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Authorities investigating the kidnapping of an Embarrass man said Friday they had found human remains and arrested another suspect. A news release from the St. Louis County sheriff's office said the remains were found around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, and that St. Louis County Medical Examiner Thomas Uncini had confirmed they were human. However, it said, the remains had not yet been positively identified as those of Travis Holappa, 25, who was abducted from a street in Gilbert on July 24. The remains were found in a remote, heavily wooded area about 20 to 25 miles north of Duluth, said Sgt. Steve Steblay of the St. Louis County sheriff's office in Virginia. Steblay said the suspect who was arrested Friday was an associate of the two men arrested and charged earlier with kidnapping -- Frank Alan Miller, 29, of Ely, and Jason Anderson, 28, of Eveleth. According to the criminal complaint, Holappa owed Miller a $14,000 drug debt. Authorities expect to charge the third suspect early next week. Police said last month they believed Holappa had been killed. Miller and Anderson were accused of forcing Holappa into a blue early-1990s Cadillac. The complaint said the men switched cars and drove Holappa in a Mitsubishi to a home in the Makinen area. Holappa was then severely beaten and placed in the trunk of the car, where he remained for several hours, the complaint said. Authorities found the Mitsubishi with duct tape, a belt and what appeared to be a large quantity of blood in it, according to the complaint. A car matching the description of the Cadillac was found in a rural area of northern St. Louis County, but Holappa was not inside it. (Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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