May Township in northern Washington County isn’t known as a hotbed of criminal activity.
Big news in the rural community, pop. 2,898, is Marv Schroeder marking 62 years as the township’s road grader.
But when a 39-year-old woman was found shot in the middle of the road near St. Croix Trail North and 124th Street North about 2:30 a.m. Sunday — one week after a dead body was found in the township — officials and residents are getting concerned.
“We’re really trying to figure out how these people got out here, why they’re out here, and who’s responsible,” said Cmdr. Sara Halverson, of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office’s investigative division.
The woman who was shot remained hospitalized Monday, but investigators were not disclosing where she was located or how seriously she was injured.
“It does not appear to be random,” Halverson said. “We have someone whom we believe is a suspect. We’re waiting for her condition to improve before we talk to her. We just want to make sure she is safe.”
Someone driving by the area around 2:30 a.m. found the woman in the street and called 9-1-1, Halverson said.
On June 2, the body of Jose Natividad Genis Cuate, 47, of Minneapolis, was found in a wetland area about 10 miles northwest of where the woman’s body was found. Cuate died as a result of homicide, officials said.
The man’s body was found on a Sunday afternoon in the 17600 block of Manning Trail by a man who lives near the area. He discovered the body near a culvert while driving home from a graduation open house, Schroeder said.
No one has been arrested in either case, Halverson. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 651-439-9381.
Town Board Chairman Bill Voedisch said he hopes the crimes will be solved soon.
“We don’t usually have any major crimes. Nothing of this nature,” said Voedisch, who has been on the town board more than two decades. “Normally the police reports are pretty tame. I just think it’s coincidence.”