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The Latest: Field searched near company where 4 found slain

April 3, 2019
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Mandan, N.D. Police Deputy Chief Lori Flaten, left, and other law enforcement personnel stand outside the scene on the south side the RJR Maintenance and Management property in Mandan, N.D., Monday, April 1, 2019. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on bodies found at a business in Mandan, North Dakota (all times local):

3:10 p.m.

State and local police have searched in a field about half a mile from a North Dakota business where an owner and three employees were found slain.

Authorities didn’t immediately confirm whether Wednesday’s search was related to the bodies discovered Monday at RJR Maintenance and Management in Mandan, just outside Bismarck.

Investigators say they don’t know who the killer is, but that the person is not among the dead. Police have classified the case as a “multiple homicide.”

The people found dead were Robert Fakler (FAWK’-lur), who co-owned the property management company, along with employees Adam Fuehrer, Lois Cobb and her husband, Bill Cobb.

The company reopened Wednesday with a police officer stationed outside. On its Facebook page, the company thanked the community for its “generosity and support.”

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9:40 a.m.

A North Dakota business where an owner and three employees were found dead has reopened with a police presence, though police still haven’t said what caused their deaths.

The bodies were discovered early Monday at RJR Maintenance and Management in Mandan, a city just outside Bismarck. Police have classified the case as a “multiple homicide,” but police haven’t said how the four died or identified a suspect.

The people found dead were Robert Fakler (FAWK’-lur), who co-owned the property management company, along with employees Adam Fuehrer, Lois Cobb and her husband, Bill Cobb.

Fakler’s wife and company co-owner Jackie Fakler returned to work Wednesday as a police officer monitored the parking lot. She and other workers declined comment, saying they were dealing with a difficult time.

On its Facebook page, the company thanked the community for its “generosity and support.”

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