Update - remains identified

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St. Louis County Sheriff's Office News Release

Incident Date:      February 2, 2017

Incident Time: 08:05PM

Incident Location:

3912 Hwy33 Cloquet, MN 55720

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INDIVIDUAL(S) INVOLVED: (Refer to News Media Policy-Rules III A. I Thru 4: Procedures B.1, A thru J & 1; 2b; 3b; g & h; 4a, b, & c)

Name: Sharyl L. Nelson



Age: 51



Address: Cloquet, MN



Incident Summary:

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The St Louis County Sheriff's Office and multiple fire departments responded to 3912 Hwy 33 in Cloquet for a report of a fully engulfed home on fire.


Fire crews spent hours extinguishing the flames but the home and attached garage were completely destroyed. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Assisting Agencies:

MN State Fire Marshal,

Fire Departments of Industrial, Solway, Grand Lake, Culver, East Brevator, West Brevator

St. Louis County Medical Examiners Office

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Additional Information or Update:

Sheriff's deputies recovered human remains from the scene at approximately noon today.  An autopsy will be performed at the Midwest Medical Examiners Office to make positive identification of the deceased individual.  A cause for the fire is not yet determined. The incident remains under investigation with law enforcement remaining on scene.


The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office, in Ramsey, MN, was able to positively identify the remains found in this fire as that of the female homeowner, Sharyl L. Nelson.  The fire remains under investigation. The cause of the fire is not yet determined.


Authority:            Sgt. Wade Rasch  218-336-4347        Date:     2/7/2017    Time: 3:45PM