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3 in custody, 2 of them siblings, after dead brother's body found in burning firepit

WESTBROOK, Minn. -- Authorities found a body Friday morning believed to be that of an Andover man missing since Thursday. Edwin Charles Hawes, 46, was reported missing by his roommate, who said Hawes had been gone for several days and a large amo...

WESTBROOK, Minn. -- Authorities found a body Friday morning believed to be that of an Andover man missing since Thursday.

Edwin Charles Hawes, 46, was reported missing by his roommate, who said Hawes had been gone for several days and a large amount of blood had been found in their driveway.

The body was found in a fire pit, where three people were allegedly attempting to burn the evidence. Two of the individuals are the victim's siblings, Andrew Thomas Hawes of Robbinsdale and Elizabeth Marry Hawes of Minneapolis. They were arrested on second-degree murder charges and are being held at the Anoka County Jail. Kristina Marie Dorniden of Westbrook, the girlfriend of Andrew Hawes, was also arrested.

Authorities searching for Edwin Hawes heard of the bad relationship between the siblings, allegedly due to an argument over an inheritance from their grandmother, then learned of Dorniden's property in Westbrook. When Westbrook police investigated, they found the three tending a large fire. Later, they returned, doused the fire and located remains.

The remains have not yet been positively identified, but a spokesman in the case said authorities are moving forward with the assumption the body is that of the missing man.

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According to one report, the fight over an inheritance from the sibling's grandmother had already led to Andrew Hawes being arrested in Minneapolis last month for first-degree assault -- he had allegedly tried to run his brother over with a car. Edwin Hawes was the conservator of the inheritance, and had filed an order of protection against his brother and sister.

The Anoka County Sheriff's Office, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Anoka County Coroner's Office are continuing the investigation.

The Worthington (Minn.) Daily Globe and the Herald are Forum Communications Co. newspapers.

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