Amanda Jo Vangrinsven, 32, went missing after she left Isanti VFW on Aug. 5 with a man. Her body was found buried on a rural property several days later. (Isanti / FOX 9)
ISANTI, Minn. (FOX 9) – The man who was last seen with an Isanti woman before she went missing and who owns the property where her body was found buried is now charged with her murder.
Richard Melvin Peterson II, 37, of Isanti was charged Thursday with second-degree murder in the death of 32-year-old Amanda Jo Vangrinsven. Peterson made his first court appearance Thursday morning.
On Aug. 5, Vangrinsven was drinking at the Isanti VFW, where she also worked. Her coworkers who were working that night told police she was intoxicated and they had cut her off from drinking more, according to the court documents. Peterson offered to give her a ride home, although the pair later returned to the VFW for a while. They eventually left the VFW to go to another bar in Bethel.
Arrest made in the death of missing Isanti woman
Authorities arrested a man in connection to the death of missing Isanti woman, Amanda Jo Vangrinsven.
When Vangrinsven did not show up to work the following day, she was reported missing. Her vehicle was still in the VFW parking lot.
Five days later, on Aug. 10, investigators with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension executed a search warrant on Peterson’s property and located Vangrinsven’s body buried on the southeastern end, where Peterson’s wife reported seeing him using with a small tractor the morning after Vangrinsven went missing.
The Midwest Medical Examiner determined Vangrinsven died after being shot in the back of the head. Her death was ruled a homicide.
Peterson was arrested on Tuesday.
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