Police have arrested and charged four individuals for the murder of 25-year-old Floodwood resident, Cristyna L. Watson on Thursday, according to the Star Tribune.
The Tribune reports that 22-year-old drug dealer, Michael W. Siewert and Joseph A. Yellow, 17, of Duluth, bludgeoned and strangled Watson, stealing her car and cellphone to trade for drugs in the Twin Cities.
Watson, who hadn't been seen by family since Sept. 8, was found Oct. 4 on the property of accomplice, Clifford James Thompson, 56, who reportedly helped the conspirators bury the body on his property and allowed them to stash drugs in his home.
Police report Watson last contacted family on Sept. 23, and they issued a missing person report on Sept. 28. Siewert and girlfriend Alyssa Rae Peterson, 24, are spotted with Watson's car just after midnight on Sept. 29, according to a police timeline reported by the Duluth News Tribune.
Yellow told police that Siewert hit Watson on the head with a hammer and both proceeded to strangle her before they hid the body.
The Star Tribune reports the defendants knew Watson through drug-related activities and plotted the robbery and attack.
Police also charged Siewert's girlfriend, Peterson, of Cloquet, as an accessory for concealing evidence, specifically having Watson's cellphone, and helping Siewert avoid arrest.