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The death allegedly occurred on this side of the complex on the second floor. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Murder at the Middle School Apartments - Park Rapids

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Murder at the Middle School Apartments - Park Rapids
Perham Minnesota 222 2nd Avenue SE 56573

PARK RAPIDS — Park Rapids police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old woman at the Park Rapids Middle School apartments Monday morning.

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The radio call came in saying, “Female not breathing” and asking for the ambulance. Minutes later the ambulance was canceled.

A BCA truck was parked in front of the building later Monday morning. A car was towed from the parking lot at 4:30 p.m.

The Hubbard County Sheriff’s Department is assisting with the investigation. Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes said he could not give out any information about the case.

Harley David Leritz, 21, of Menahga, was taken into custody Monday and will appear in court Wednesday on charges relating to the death of Kiela Knowles.

Leritz has minor priors, but was charged with a sex crime involving a minor and was convicted of a felony in 2012.

Knowles has a pre-school aged son named Kaden.

Police have been critical of the complex in the past, indicating they spend an inordinate amount of time there.

But manager LouAnn Rech has been working hard to clean up the building and evict tenants in trouble with the law.

The Hubbard County Sheriff’s Department is assisting with the investigation. Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes said he could not give out any information about the case.

Stix & Brix, Inc., a corporation based out of Litchfield, is the named owner. Scott Rech heads the corporation.

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