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Prosecutor: Viking man beaten, stabbed to death

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A Devils Lake man is behind bars charged in connection with a murder near Viking, Minnesota. 

From Viking, Minnesota, 135 miles west to Devils Lake, that's how far police had to travel to track down a murder suspect. 


 "The vehicle was found out on Devils Lake," said Marshall County Sheriff Jason Boman.


It was discovered Thursday night still running and on fire. Police immediately realized it was the pickup truck that was reported missing from the home of Ronald Foss in Viking.

The 64-year-old had been found murdered in his home Tuesday night after he had not shown up for work the previous two days. 


"The vehicle was located about a mile from the suspect's residence," said Boman.


The suspect is 25-year-old Ray Littlewolf of Devils Lake. 


 "What put it together, the vehicle was found there, we had a few leads it could be Mr. Littlewolf," said Boman.


Investigators tell WDAZ News Littlewolf came onto their radar almost immediately. While searching through Foss' wallet at the crime scene, they found receipts from purchases he had made Saturday afternoon. One at Mendard's in Grand Forks. Another at the Holiday gas station in East Grand Forks. At both places, another man was seen with Foss in surviellance video obtained by police. Working on an investigative hunch police asked people at Northland Rescue Mission if they knew the man seen with Ronald Foss. They recognized the man as Ray Littlewolf. 


 "He has given a statment to the Minnesota BCA., said Boman.


According to court papers, Littlewolf admits to beating and stabbing Foss to death during a fight inside Foss' home Saturday night. What the two were arguing about and how they knew each other remains unanswered. 


 "Still doing the investigation, still working on all the contents of it, hopefully in a few days we will have a lot more answers," said Boman.


 Ray Littlewolf will appear in Ramsey County Court on Monday for an extradition hearing to Minnesota. When he is returned, Littlewolf will face a slew of charges including murder and manslaughter.