Established in 1849, Benton is one of the original nine Minnesota counties.
Area: 408 Square Miles
Congressional District: 6
US Census Population (2010): 38,451
County Seat: Foley
Largest City: Sauk Rapids
Benton County is part of the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Help Requested From the Public Regarding the Death of Jamie Wylie
Investigators continue to seek the public's help with information related to the death of Jamie Wylie, 31 of Foley, Minn. Mr. Wylie's body was discovered on March 25, 2014 on the side of County Road 75 between Mayhew Lake Road and East St. Germain Street in Benton County. A preliminary autopsy by the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office found that Wylie died as a result of homicidal violence. The autopsy determined Wylie died as a result of a gunshot wound. He had been reported missing in December 2013.
The Benton County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death with assistance from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Anyone with information concerning Jamie Wylie or any suspicious activity they believe may be related to this homicide is urged to contact the Benton County Sheriff's Office at (320) 968-7201 or the Tri-County Crime Stoppers at (800) 255-1301, www.tricountycrimestoppers.org, or by texting TRITIP to 274637.
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