Road Crew Finds Severed Foot in Tote Bag – Sheriff Says Owner Murdered in Retribution Over Fentanyl Death
Bradley Allen Weyaus and Alexis Elling are in the Mille Lacs County Jail charged with the murder of Rodney Pendegayosh Jr.
The Minnesota couple is accused of killing Pendegayosh, who they thought dealt Elling’s brother a fatal mixture of fentanyl and meth, then concealed his remains in a tote bag found by a maintenance crew cleaning garbage along a snow-covered highway in Minnesota
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Mille Lacs County Sheriff Kyle Burton said the case is one of the most unusual in his 23 years as a cop.
“This whole thing is truly bizarre,” Burton said in a newws conference on Tuesday. “This body was moved multiple places for possibly up to a week before the discovery was made.”
On March 20, Road crew employees discovered the missing Pendegayosh’s remains in a bag while cleaning trash off the road. The workers first tried to move the bag onto the road to load it up and cart it off, but it wouldn’t budge.
“It’s too heavy,” the sheriff said. “So, they hook a chain onto one of the handles of it, hook it up to one of their trucks. They try to drag it out that way. It breaks the handle, so they’re not able to move it that way.”
Curious about what was inside, they cut into the black duct tape and bungee cords and looked inside.
“They see what they believe to be a severed human foot,” the sheriff said.
They closed the tote and called the police.
On the way to the call, a deputy spotted a white Saturn believed to be driven by Weyaus and got into a pursuit.
Burton said the deputy lost sight of the car but found it abandoned and stuck in a driveway.
Mille Lacs County Sheriff is investigating a homicide after a body was found "inside a tote" by highway maintenance workers.
A person of interest is in custody:
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The homeowners told officers that a man got out of the car carrying duffel bags and ran into a camper trailer on the property, and to their knowledge, they told officers, the man was still there.
Officers found Weyaus hiding in the back corner of the trailer and arrested him.
A search of a duffel bag uncovered a hacksaw, a hammer, and black tape similar to the tape found on the plastic tote, Burton said.
In a dumpster at the grandmother’s apartment where the suspect lived, police found a cut and rolled up bloody carpet, gloves, and a hardware store receipt where some of the stuff appeared to have been bought.
Also, in the dumpster, police found the victim’s ID and credit card and the suspect’s bloody clothing. The authorities sent them to a crime lab to test for DNA.
The sheriff said surveillance video shows the suspects carrying the tote bag out of the apartment and loading it into a black Chevrolet Impala on March 19, a few days before police discovered the body.
The sheriff said the suspects killed the victim because he sold Elling’s brother a fatal dose of fentanyl and meth on January 10.
“We can’t confirm that he was 100% involved in it, but his name was mentioned by witnesses,” Burton said. “We believe, based on the evidence we’ve gathered so far and the interviews we have conducted, that that was the reason why he was targeted.”
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Weyaus was charged Thursday with second-degree murder and fleeing an officer. Elling faces charges of aiding an offender and acting as an accomplice.
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