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Victim in Flying J murder case named

parking lot has been identified, but Grand Forks police still are trying to piece together how the suspected murder unfolded. The death of Austin Brant Forsman, 24, Grand Forks, is being investigated as a homicide, police said. Krystal Lynn Feist...

parking lot has been identified, but Grand Forks police still are trying to piece together how the suspected murder unfolded.

The death of Austin Brant Forsman, 24, Grand Forks, is being investigated as a homicide, police said. Krystal Lynn Feist, 31, is being held in the Grand Forks County Correction Center on suspicion of AA felony murder, according to a news release issued Saturday morning.

Officers from the Grand Forks Police Department were called at 5:11 a.m. Friday to the Flying J, a truck stop at 4401 32nd Ave. S., for a report of a dead person in a vehicle. According to police, the victim arranged to meet a known person there.

Upon arrival, officers located the victim, and there were indications that his death was not of natural causes, according a news release.

Agents from the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation were on scene a few hours later to examine a Chevrolet Malibu parked just a few feet from the entrance to the truck stop, which houses a restaurant. The vehicle had damage to its driver side window that appeared to have been made by a bullet.

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The release issued Saturday did not include any details surrounding Forsman's death or the nature of the relationship between him and Feist. Michael Ferguson, a deputy police chief, cited the active nature of the investigation Saturday and told the Herald additional updates may come next week.

"We're still actively pursuing the investigation," he said. "We've got more leads that we're working on."

Feist could be formally charged Monday in District Court. Her criminal record includes felony charges for assault, check forgery and drug possession in North Dakota and Minnesota, as well as charges of driving under the influence, disorderly conduct and various traffic violations.

Forsman's criminal record in North Dakota includes felony charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and felony charges of marijuana possession in Minnesota.

Meanwhile, a fund was set up Friday on YouCaring.com, a crowdfunding website similar to GoFundMe, to help pay for funeral expenses, where $1,000 had been raised by early Saturday afternoon.

Forsman had a 4-year-old son and another child on the way, "and he has left many others who loved and cared about him behind," including his mother and girlfriend, according to the YouCaring page.

Nels Forsman said his nephew Austin was "the kind of child, boy and teenager that was full of altruism" and he "had a great heart."

"He'd do anything for anybody," he added in an email Saturday. "He was trying to be a great dad to his son."

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Police are still asking anyone with information regarding the death to contact authorities at (701) 787-8000, at investigate@grandforksgov.com , or by texting the word "tipster" and the tip to 847411.

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