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Published June 11, 2012, 10:27 AM

18-year-old Found Dead on North Grand Forks Sidewalk

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - A man's body was found early Monday morning on a sidewalk in a north Grand Forks neighborhood. Grand Forks police were called to the 400 block of N. 51st St., near a REM North Dakota group home, at about 5:45 a.m.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - A man's body was found early Monday morning on a sidewalk in a north Grand Forks neighborhood.

Grand Forks police were called to the 400 block of N. 51st St., near a REM North Dakota group home, at about 5:45 a.m.

When they arrived, they found 18-year-old Christian Bjerk dead on the sidewalk.

Two other subjects were found in the area and it appeared they were involved, but police say at this time they're not implicated in Bjerk's death. Their involvement is under investigation.

Witnesses say potted plants and other items were spread across the lawn.

An autopsy was completed on Bjerk's body and there were no signs of traumatic injury and the cause of death is still being investigated. It could take weeks for a final autopsy report to be released.

Police questioned neighbors and processed what they call the crime scene throughout Monday morning. It is not known yet if Bjerk lived in the neighborhood or not.

An investigation into the death is underway. If you have any information, call police at 787-8000.

Police said they found the two men in the area who they believe were involved in the incident. Lt. Jim Remer said one of the men was taken to the hospital and another was arrested on an outstanding Grand Forks County warrant.

Both men were found within a couple of blocks from Bjerk’s body, one in a park and the other on the lawn of another residence.

Remer reiterated the men are not suspects, but police want to interview them.

Witnesses reported that when they arrived, police had a man detained in the back of a patrol car who was yelling and screaming.

Remer would not release the identities or ages of the two men.

He said there also was a teenager who may face charges in juvenile court not associated with the death.

Remer said drugs are part of the investigation, but he would not elaborate.

Grand Forks police were assisted at the scene by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force and the University of North Dakota Police Department.

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