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Published April 13, 2012, 07:09 PM

New developments in Andvik arson case

Barnesville, MN (WDAY TV) - There is new information tonight in the on-going investigation of a suspected arsonist in Barnesville. Through a search warrant, the Clay County Sheriff's office has obtained three mysterious letters written to Andvik, her attorney and The Forum.

There is new information tonight in the on-going investigation of a suspected arsonist in Barnesville. Through a search warrant, the Clay County Sheriff's office has obtained three mysterious letters written to Andvik, her attorney and The Forum.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says the letters were all post marked Auburn, Wyoming and the writer confessed to the crime of burning down the Andvik home. Detectives feel this could be an absolutely crucial part of the investigation.

Andvik was arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree arson after there were 8 fires on her Barnesville property last October, including one that destroyed the home. The letters have been sent to St. Paul for further analysis.

Officials also said they are looking into more than just one suspect in this case. Investigators say not all the letters were the same.

Detective Jason Hicks – Clay County Sheriff’s Office: “Two letters were identical in wording, and misspelled words and everything, they were identical letters. They were both handwritten, not hand copies or anything like that. The one to Mrs. Andvik was different.”

As of right now, Andvik is still out on $25,000 bail. The conditions of her release require she must stay in Cass County or Minnesota and cannot have unsupervised contact with her children.

The Forum will be releasing the contents of the letter it received in Saturday's paper.

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