With the help of Scott County, Minnesota, Sheriff’s Office, two arrests were made in a case of unidentified bones being found in 2017 in Barron County.
Back in late June of 2020, with the help of the DNA Doe project, the bones were identified as Gary Albert Herbst, 63.
Scott County Sheriff Luke Hennen announced on November 19 that two arrests were made regarding the death of Herbst of Elko New Market, Minnesota. 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 in Barron County in late 2017.
At approximately 7 a.m. on November 19, Scott County sheriff's detectives arrested Connie Lou Herbst, 62, of New Prague, Minnesota, without incident, in New Prague, and at approximately the same time Scott County sheriff's detectives also arrested Austin James Herbst, 26, of Elko New Market, Minnesota, without incident, in New Prague. The two were booked into the 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,” Hennen said.
The investigation is ongoing and no further details will be released at this time.
The Scott County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Barron County Sheriff’s Office, 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.