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Authorities release sketch of northern Minn. home invasion suspect

The home invasion burglary suspect Courtesy of Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

BACKUS, Minn. -- Law enforcement has released a sketch of a home-invasion suspect sought by police near Backus in north-central Minnesota.

According to a Friday news release from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, an intruder entered a rural Backus, Minn., home Sept. 16. The homeowner fired a shot, and the man fled. Deputies searched the area but could not locate the suspect.

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch said Friday the investigation into the home invasion continues. Burch stated while several leads and potential sightings of the male suspect have been reported, there has been nothing substantial leading to an identification.

Deputies received a report Tuesday that a man matching the description of the intruder was seen in a wooded area north of Pine River Township where the home invasion occurred. Though deputies and a dog searched the area for several hours, they did not find the suspect.

Backus is about 40 miles north of Brainerd.

The intruder is described as a 6-foot-5-inch tall white man with a “very large body.” He was reported to be wearing all black at the time of the burglary.

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