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Kiela Knowles

Park Rapids murder victim, suspect had reconnected

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PARK RAPIDS, Minn. – Friends hadn’t been able to contact Kiela Knowles last Sunday. Toward the afternoon, one of them texted Harley Leritz and was told that “she was in bed sleeping.” The friends began feeling uneasy.


Knowles’ father, Mel Knowles, found Kiela in bed early Monday morning at her Park Rapids apartment on his way to his job in Audubon. Police were called. Kiela was dead – naked with a pillow over her face.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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