Double Homicide in Cromwell

By KBJR News 1

January 9, 2011 Updated Jan 10, 2011 at 3:26 PM CST

Cromwell, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The Carlton County Sheriff's Department is investigating a double homicide in Red Clover Township.

Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake said deputies responded to a home on Krogh Road around 3:00 Sunday afternoon, finding one man and one woman dead.

The deaths are suspicious and it has been termed a homicide investigation at this time.

Friends of the deceased have identified them to the Northland's News Center as Tom Holm and Kim Schmitz.

Schmitz worked as a meat cutter at B&B Market in Cloquet.

The store's co-owner, John Lind said she worked there for about 7 years, was a hard worker, good with customers, and rarely missed a day of work.

Her co-workers remain shocked and saddened.

Lind said Schmitz had some tough moments in her life, losing her son to Leukemia when he was a teenager.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has been called in to help with the investigation.

Investigators discovered that a pickup truck belonging to the male victim had been missing from his residence at the time deputies responded to the reported deaths.

Investigators discovered that a pickup truck belonging to the male victim had been missing from his residence at the time deputies responded to the reported deaths.

The pickup truck was a 1999 red Chevrolet Z-71 extended cab, short box, with a red topper. The topper windows were decorated with bumper stickers displaying car racing and hunting themes.

The pickup truck was recovered by the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office on January 8, 2011 at approximately 10:25 pm, when it was reported on fire in the roadway near the 7700 block of Albert Road in the Saginaw area.

Law Enforcement is asking for assistance from the public. Anyone in the Albert Road area on Saturday, January 8, 2011 that noticed any vehicles or people that were out of place or seemed suspicious, or if anyone saw this pickup truck, please call the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office at 218-384-3236.