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Posted on: November 19, 2020

Two Arrested in Death Investigation

Scott County Sheriff Luke Hennen announced today that two arrests were made regarding the death of 63-year-old Gary Albert Herbst of Elko New Market, MN.  Mr. Herbst was reported as a missing person to the Elko New Market Police Department in 2014.  His remains were later found in Maple Grove Township in Barron County, WI in late 2017.

At approximately 7:00 a.m. this morning, Scott County Sheriff Detectives, along with representatives from the Barron County Sheriff’s Office, the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice Division and Criminal Investigation, and officers from the New Prague Police Department arrested, without incident, Connie Lou Herbst (62) and Austin James Herbst (26), both of New Prague, MN, near the 8xx block of Horizon Drive SE, New Prague, MN.  These individuals were booked into the Scott County Jail on suspicion of 2nd Degree Murder.

“These arrests in this cold case were the result of tremendous multi-agency teamwork, spanning across state lines,” said Sheriff Luke Hennen.  “I anticipate that people will have questions about this incident and many of these questions are likely addressed in the County Attorney’s charging documents.”

The investigation in this matter is ongoing and no further details will be released at this time.

The Scott County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Barron County Sheriff’s Office, the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice Division and Criminal Investigation, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the New Prague Police Department, and the Elko New Market Police Department.


Connie Herbst

11/19/2020 booking photo of Connie Lou Herbst (above)

Austin Herbst

11/19/2020 booking photo of Austin James Herbst (above)

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