Two arrests have been made in connection with the death of a Minnesota man whose remains were found in Barron County in 2017.

Sheriff Luke Hennen of Scott County, Minn., announced Thursday, Nov. 19, that two arrests were made regarding the death of 63-year-old Gary Albert Herbst of Elko New Market, Minn.

Herbst was reported as a missing person to the Elko New Market Police Department in 2014. His remains were later found in Maple Grove Township south of Barron in late 2017. His remains were finally identified in June of 2020 with the help of the DNA Doe project.

At approximately 7 a.m. Thursday, Scott County sheriff detectives arrested Connie Lou Herbst, 62, of New Prague, Minn., and Austin James Herbst, 26, of Elko New Market, without incident.

Both were booked into Scott County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder.

“These arrests in this cold case were the result of tremendous multi-agency teamwork, spanning across state lines,” said Hennen.

The Scott County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department, State of Wisconsin Department of Justice Division and Criminal Investigation, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, New Prague Police Department and the Elko New Market Police Department.

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