Mystery of severed fingers found on campground picnic table grows

Do severed fingers match a missing person?

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on October 23, 2016, 10:39 A.M. CST

EGF Police Chief Michael Hedlund

Write Into Action has submitted a request for public records for the DNA test results regarding two severed fingers found on a picnic table at Red River State Recreation Area campsite in East Grand Forks.

Two severed human fingers were found on a picnic table in May, 2016.

On August 26, 2016 Bruce Gordon, director of communications, Minnesota Department of Public Safety, directed Write Into Action to the East Grand Forks Police Department to obtain the records.

“You will need to request that from the lead agency since it is their investigation,” Gordon said.  

EGFPD Chief Michael Hedlund has not responded to the request.

On August 7, 2016 Write Into Action published an article that showed there may be a connection between the two fingers found on the picnic table, and the two fingers blown off David James Elliott when he was shot by a police officer in 2015.

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On August 25, 2016, the Grand Forks Herald published:

DNA results point to owner of severed fingers found in East Grand Forks
By April Baumgarten on Aug 25, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

Write Into Action cannot close its journalistic investigation into the mystery behind the severed fingers because the EGFPD and Herald did not use any language to confirm an actual DNA match.

Write Into Action recognizes that DNA test results either confirm a match or they don’t. DNA test results never merely “point” to anything.

Write Into Action seeks to close the investigation or determine if the fingers match a missing person.

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