Authorities investigating south Fargo homicideFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Cass County Social Services called Police to 2601 14th Street South around five Tuesday night. Police won't say why Social Services is involved, but tell us the woman hadn't been seen for days. There's no evidence of forced entry.
Cass County Social Services called Police to 2601 14th Street South around five Tuesday night. Police won't say why Social Services is involved, but tell us the woman hadn't been seen for days. There's no evidence of forced entry.
Police say it's not believed to be a random act. The victim lives in the apartment with her husband, who hasn't been seen for days either.
Chief Keith Ternes – Fargo Police Department: "Nobody is able to tell us his whereabouts, or where he might be, so we have a very strong interest in finding him and visiting him about what may or may not have occurred.”
The victim's name won't be released until they can reach relatives out of state.
This murder is sending shock waves through the community near the KMart on South University Drive. Neighbors say they're scared. Neighbors we talked to call the area usually calm, and quiet, but now, people are reacting in fear.
Chris VanDerBeek calls it a scene similar to the TV show CSI.
Christ VanDerBeek – Victim’s Neighbor: "I went out for a smoke, and there we go. SWAT team and everybody else was here and I was like, ‘whoa, dude, all right.’"
VanDerBeek and his fiancé live with their 12 year-old son in the unsecured building just next door to where the 52 year-old woman found stabbed to death.
Christ VanDerBeek: "If somebody has been murdered just five feet away, its kind of that fear instinct that you feel as a father slash mother you feel that this is not safe."
VanDerBeek says for the most part, people in this area are quiet, and keep to themselves.
Christ VanDerBeek: "You’ve got more people coming through for work, coming off of work, but you don't see deals like drugs or anything going on here."
Now VanDerBeek is concerned for his family's safety.
Christ VanDerBeek: "We're like if it's this close, we need to relocate or possibly look at different options."
Police Chief Keith Ternes says Fargo averages one or two homicides a year. This murder is the first for 2012, a frightening reminder that crime can happen anywhere.