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FBI: No new information on suspicious death in Belcourt

BELCOURT — Law enforcement officials investigating a suspicious death here said Friday they did not have new information to release more than two days after the incident.

Greg Boosalis, an FBI spokesman in Minneapolis, said authorities would not identify the victim. In addition, there is no active search for suspects as officers investigate. However, law enforcement said there are no public safety concerns.

Also Friday, Belcourt Police Chief Lenora Nioce said she couldn’t comment and referred questions to the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C.

Anita Blue, a spokeswoman with the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, did not return a call seeking information Friday.

Early Wednesday, reports of a shooting prompted schools throughout north-central North Dakota and tribal headquarters to close. Officials said the incident occurred at a home in the Eagle’s View subdivision in Belcourt, which is on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation.

Most officers involved in a search for two suspects were called off the manhunt by noon Wednesday. The FBI said no one related to the incident was in custody.

The FBI has not yet described the death as the result of a shooting, or even as a homicide.

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