Homicide in Belfield, police asking for help locating person of interestBELFIELD — One woman is dead and police are looking for a suspect after an alleged homicide on Tuesday night, law enforcement said at a news conference on Wednesday night at the Dickinson Law Enforcement Center.
By: Klark Byrd, The Dickinson Press
BELFIELD — One woman is dead and police are looking for a suspect after an alleged homicide on Tuesday night, law enforcement said at a news conference on Wednesday night at the Dickinson Law Enforcement Center.
Nicole Lynn Radebaugh was found dead when Belfield police performed a welfare check at her Belfield residence on Tuesday evening.
The 39-year-old’s mother Ruth Radebaugh was at the residence Wednesday evening with Nicole’s daughter Logan Huber to pick up some possessions. An investigator accompanied them.
“Everybody loved her,” Ruth Radebaugh said. “She brought sunshine into the room.”
Logan Huber said she was not home at the time of the incident. She was distressed while waiting to go into the apartment on Sunrise Drive.
“I am having a hard time because it doesn’t seem real,” she said while biting back tears.
Police identified Dirk Jason Huber, a 41-year-old Belfield resident and Logan Huber’s father, as a suspect. He was missing and had not been apprehended as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, Belfield Police Department Chief Joe Schmidt said.
“We do not suspect this is an accidental death. Charges and warrants are being sought for a charge of murder,” Schmidt read from a prepared statement at the news conference.
Police would not release any other details or answer questions at the press conference.
Nicole Radebaugh worked at Capps Grocery in Belfield and later Dan’s SuperMarket in Dickinson. In 2010, she began working at Dakota Community Bank and Trust in Dickinson. Throughout the years, she also found time to help at Dan’s Conoco in Belfield.
Dan’s Conoco co-worker Joanne Kadrmas said she got the “heartbreaking” news during a phone call from a friend.
“She was one of the most wonderful people I know,” she said. “I am still in shock and disbelief. She was a very dear woman.”
Nicole Radebaugh’s neighbor Callie Thorstad said she knew Radebaugh because their daughters played in sports together through the years.
“I would give anything to see Nikki walk out that door,” she said. “She was a very nice, good person.”
Belfield Public School was among places taking extra precaution on Wednesday. The school was locked-down Wednesday and will remain on alert until notified by the police department, Superintendent Darrel A. Remington said.
“This is a completely precautionary measure,” he said.
Schmidt said officers would be at the school at least through today.
Stark County Sheriff Clarence Tuhy said a “signal 100” was issued on Tuesday night that called law enforcement officials to watch for the suspect vehicle on roads throughout southwest North
Police would not give a vehicle description.
“We did have one that we suspected, but right now it is still under investigation and we don’t know for sure if that is the vehicle,” he said.
The incident is under investigation as a murder by the Belfield Police Department, Bureau
of Criminal Investigation and
the Stark County Sheriff’s
A service of remembrance for Nikki is 11 a.m. Saturday at Belfield Lutheran Church with Rev. Roger Dieterle officiating. Burial will be in the Belfield Cemetery.
Visitation is from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Stevenson Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Anyone with information regarding Huber’s whereabouts is asked to call 800-472-2121 or 701-328-9921.