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Native family still wondering about son's death

The family of Russell Turcotte, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, is still wondering about his death more than two years later.

Turcotte, 19, disappeared in North Dakota in July 2002. His body was found near Devils Lake in November 2002. He had been beaten to death.

The family has accused the police of mishandling the investigation. His parents said Turcotte's didn't receive the same attention given to non-Indians who had disappeared. The case remains unsolved.

The family now wants to know if Joseph Edward Duncan III, a convicted sex offender, is a suspect in the investigation. Ducan was living in North Dakota at the time of Turcotte's disappearance. The FBI won't comment.

Turcotte's mother is a member of the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes from the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana.

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RUSSELL TURCOTTE SLAYING: Family wonders about possible Duncan link (AP 10/27)

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