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Fargo police investigating suspected homicide of man at apartment complex on city's north side


FARGO, North Dakota — Fargo police said Monday they are investigating a suspected homicide at an apartment complex on the city's north side.

Lt. Joel Vettel said officers were called to make a welfare check at the complex about 3:15 p.m. Monday when they discovered the body of a man in one of the main-floor units. The victim's injuries are "consistent with some sort of violence," Vettel said.

Vettel said investigators have not determined the time of death but added that police were apparently contacted "in relatively short order after the event occurred."

The victim was likely killed by an acquaintance and there is no danger to the general public, Vettel said.

"At first blush, it does not appear to be a random act," he said.

Police are looking for a black Dodge Ram pickup truck with North Dakota plates that they believe is connected to the case. Vettel would not say who owns or could be driving the truck.

"Obviously this vehicle is critical as part of the investigation," Vettel said.

No further details were immediately released.

Homicides are rare in Fargo, with four reported in the state's largest city in 2014 and three in 2015.

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