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State crime agents in ND, Minnesota join probe of drug informant’s death

WAHPETON -- Police at North Dakota State College of Science, the agency investigating the unsolved death of student Andrew Sadek, has asked for help from state crime agents in North Dakota and Minnesota.

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WAHPETON - Police at North Dakota State College of Science, the agency investigating the unsolved death of student Andrew Sadek, has asked for help from state crime agents in North Dakota and Minnesota.
North Dakota’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are stepping in to provide “additional assistance,” the BCA announced Thursday.
The case will be handled jointly by all three agencies, with no one agency taking the lead, said BCA spokeswoman Jill Oliveira.
Sadek disappeared from campus last May and was found dead in the Red River two months later. He had been working for local law enforcement as a confidential informant buying small amounts of marijuana from drug dealers.
His work as an informant was part of a deal to reduce or erase possible charges against him after he was caught selling marijuana on campus, and he’d broken off contact with authorities before his disappearance.
An autopsy revealed that Sadek died from a gunshot wound to the head, but authorities say they’re not sure if he committed suicide or was killed.
His mother, Tammy Sadek, has said she believes her son was murdered, in part because he was wearing a backpack weighed down with rocks when he was found. She has also said that she thought campus police were not doing enough to investigate and should ask for the assistance of other agencies.
Reached at home Thursday evening, NDSCS Police Sgt. Steve Hegelson said, “I don’t give any comments.”
“NDSCS believes that due to the multi-jurisdictional nature of this case, involving these agencies is the appropriate next step for this active investigation in Mr. Sadek’s death,” the BCA said in the statement.
Oliveira did not specify how the BCA would help with the case, but said “we’ll provide whatever assistance is necessary.”
The BCA has been involved in the investigation in the past, working the scene on the day Sadek’s body was recovered from the Red River and providing “some technical assistance along the way,” Oliveira said.
NDSCS police requested the additional help sometime this week, Oliveira said.
The firearm used in Sadek’s death still has not been located, Oliveira said.
Attempts Thursday to reach NDSCS spokeswoman Barbara Spaeth-Baum and Tammy Sadek were unsuccessful.

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