BARRON COUNTY -- Two arrests have been made in Scott County, MN in reference to the unidentified bones case from 2017 in Barron County, according to a press release from the Barron County Sheriff's Department.

Press Release

Please see the press release below from Scott County, MN reference to the unidentified bones case from 2017 in Barron County. Today, with the help of Scott County MN Sheriff’s Office, two arrests were made. Back in late June of 2020, with the help of the DNA Doe project, the bones were identified as Gary Herbst, 63 of New Prague, MN.

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. today, Scott County Sheriff Detectives arrested Connie Lou Herbst (62) of New Prague, MN, without incident, in New Prague MN and at approximately 7:00 a.m. today, Scott County Sheriff Detectives also arrested Austin James Herbst (26) of Elko New Market, MN, without incident, in 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.

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, State of Wisconsin Department of Justice Division and Criminal Investigation, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, New Prague Police Department, and the Elko New Market Police Department.

- Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff


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