News, Culture & Society

Minnesota man, 27, ‘killed girl, 19, dismembered her body and disposed of remains in dumpsters’

Minnesota man, 27, ‘killed 19-year-old girl, dismembered her body in his garage and disposed of the remains in garbage dumpsters’

  • Ethan Broad, 27, of Moorehead, Minnesota, was arrested last week after he  allegedly admitted he killed Dystynee Avery, 19, prosecutors said
  • Broad also says he dismembered Avery’s body in his garage and then placed the body parts in garbage bags disposed of in dumpsters outside his apartment
  • The relationship between Broad and Avery was not clear. He said she had moved in with him, but that she had recently removed her belongings from his home

A western Minnesota man admitted that he killed a teenage girl, dismembered her in his garage and disposed of the body parts in dumpsters outside his apartment, prosecutors said.

Ethan Broad, 27, allegedly said he killed Dystynee Avery, 19, cut up her body with a saw, put the remains into garbage bags and dumped them near his apartment in south Moorhead, on the border with North Dakota, according to a criminal complaint filed on Monday.

Broad initially told investigators that someone else had hit Avery over the head with a lead pipe and cut her throat, but later admitted that he killed and dismembered the young woman. He reportedly called it an act of self-defense.

Ethan Broad, 27, of Moorehead, Minnesota, admitted that he killed a teenage girl and detailed how he dismembered her in his garage and disposed of the body parts in dumpsters outside his apartment, prosecutors said. 

Broad allegedly said he killed Dystynee Avery (pictured), 19, cut up her body with a saw, put the remains into garbage bags and dumped them near his apartment in south Moorhead, on the border with North Dakota, according to a criminal complaint filed on Monday

Broad allegedly said he killed Dystynee Avery (pictured), 19, cut up her body with a saw, put the remains into garbage bags and dumped them near his apartment in south Moorhead, on the border with North Dakota, according to a criminal complaint filed on Monday

Two additional witnesses who were interviewed both told officers that Broad had admitted he was responsible for killing and dismembering Avery, KVLY reports.

The relationship between the two was not clear. Broad says Avery had moved in with him for a short while, but that she had left with her belongings before she disappeared, according to authorities.

He was charged in Clay County court with second-degree murder without intent while committing a felony after being arrested on Friday. Bail was set at $1 million, without conditions. 

A public defender said his office was to represent Broad and declined comment.

The complaint does not say when the killing took place. Avery was last seen in Moorhead on April 3 and friends reported her missing April 5.

Avery’s worried mother reached out to police April 9 to say she hadn’t heard from her daughter.

The complaint provides gruesome details of what authorities found in their investigation: Police discovered a bloodied saw with what appeared to be human tissue inside Broad’s garage.

A blue bin in the garage had ‘a large amount of blood inside,’ says the complaint, and surveillance video showed Broad dragging a blue tote from the apartment building to the garage area, police said.

The complaint provides gruesome details of what authorities found in their investigation.  Police are seen searching Broad's garage

The complaint provides gruesome details of what authorities found in their investigation.  Police are seen searching Broad’s garage

Police say they discovered a bloodied saw with what appeared to be human tissue inside the garage

Police say they discovered a bloodied saw with what appeared to be human tissue inside the garage

A blue bin in the garage had 'a large amount of blood inside,' says the complaint, and surveillance video showed Broad dragging a blue tote from the apartment building to the garage area, police said. Officers are seen removing a container that fits the description

A blue bin in the garage had ‘a large amount of blood inside,’ says the complaint, and surveillance video showed Broad dragging a blue tote from the apartment building to the garage area, police said. Officers are seen removing a container that fits the description

Several spots in Broad’s apartment appeared to be cleaned-up blood, the complaint said. 

Broad said he cleaned the apartment with bleach but that several bloodstains turned pink on the carpet.

Broad is due back in court May 14. A conviction would carry a sentence of up to 40 years in prison.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk