Amanda Jo Vangrinsven, 32, was shot and killed by Richard Peterson, 37, on or about August 5, in Isanti County. On the evening of August 5, Amanda and Peterson were seen at two different bars displaying "affectionate behavior" and holding hands. Peterson offered to drive Amanda home but her cellphone location data indicated he took her to his home instead. According to bar staff and surveillance footage, the two became noticeably less friendly and affectionate before they left. Amanda was not seen after she left with Peterson, who is married. After Peterson was last seen with Amanda on August 5, his wife stated he came home upset and pointed a gun at his head and threatened to harm himself. The following day, Peterson's wife saw him using a tractor to dig holes and push dirt around on their property. That same day, he also gave two of his guns to a friend, both of which had barrels that matched the bullet used to kill Amanda. After multiple search warrants were issued, Amanda's remains were found on Peterson’s
property on August 10. Richard Peterson is charged with second-degree murder.
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