It was a tragic weekend in Carlton County, beginning with the discovery of a double-homicide and ending with the arrest of the primary suspect.

According to an update provided late Sunday by the Cloquet Police Department:

After an extensive search and investigation, authorities have located and arrested Sheldon James Thompson in connection with the double-homicide that left a 27-year-old woman and her 18-month-old son dead.

Since discovering the victims, law enforcement worked throughout the evening and today investigating the whereabouts of Thompson, gathering information and evidence related to the deaths.

At 8:43 p.m., law enforcement, with the assistance of a Minnesota State Patrol helicopter and a K-9 from the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, Thompson was taken into custody. He was in a wooded area off Mission Road in Perch Lake Township in Carlton County on the Fond du Lac Reservation.

Thompson was medically treated for temperature-related issues. He was later cleared from a local hospital and booked into the Carlton County Jail on two counts of second-degree homicide.

Formal charges are pending by the Carlton County Attorney’s Office. No weapons were found on Thompson at the time of his arrest.


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