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Uncle and Cousin Arrested in Murder of Scott Burris

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The uncle and cousin of a 33 year old Ottertail, Minnesota man are behind bars in connection with his murder.

Michael Alan Burris and his son, Michael Kyle Burris, are in jail in Arizona awaiting extradition to Minnesota.

The two were taken into custody Monday in Mesa for the death of relative Scott Burris.
His body was found in the Otter Tail river on June 15th, 2012.

But an autopsy report found that Burris died from a gunshot wound.

Neighbors like Brad Pribbenow are shocked after learning the man living across the street is arrested for murder along with his son.

"It was quite sad. We got to know them," says Pribbenow.

Deputies say 64 year old Michael Alan Burris and his 23 year old son Michael Kyle are responsible for the death of Scott Burris.

"We interviewed multiple people. It really took its course but it always came back to the Uncle's house," says Brian Schleuter, the Otter Tail County Sheriff.

Authorities say although Scott's body was found four miles north of Fergus Falls, he was last seen alive here at this home on Oak Street which belonged to his uncle and cousin.

"After he showed up here his phone went dead and then there was no cooperation from this family which was a red flag," says Schleuter.

Deputies believe Scott Burris was involved in drug activity with his uncle and he may have owed his uncle money.

"The case involved narcotics, money. It's been a long procedure," says Schleuter.

For neighbors like Pribbenow, they're left shocked knowing something like this could have been taking place next door.

"It's sad, but it's nice to see that this family gets a little bit of closure," says Schleuter.

Both Michael Alan and Michael Kyle Burris will remain in Arizona until extradition proceedings.
We did speak with Scott's father Roger  who tells us quote, 'He feels like horse manure,'not only did he lose his son but now his brother and nephew are locked up.


After more than a year of investigation, police in Arizona have arrested two men for a 2012 murder in Otter Tail County, Minnesota.  Scott Burris' body was found in the Otter Tail River west of the Orwell Dam on June 15, 2012. An autopsy showed Burris died from a single gunshot wound and a murder investigation started.

Authorities say Burris was involved in drug activity with his uncle Michael Alan Burris, and may have owed his uncle a substantial amount of money. Around April 12, 2013 Michael Alan and his son, Michael Kyle Burris, left their home and moved to Mesa, Arizona.

After more than a year of investigation, charges of 2nd Degree murder and arrest warrants for both Michael Alan and Michael Kyle Burris were issued. The two men were found in Mesa, Arizona on Monday, August 12, 2013 and they were taken into custody. Both remain in custody of the Maricopa County Jail awaiting extradition proceedings.

On May 24, 2012 the sheriff's office investigated an abandoned vehicle call north of Elizabeth, Minnesota, in a wooded area, where blood was found in the vehicle. The driver, Scott Burris, was missing, and was considered a missing person until his body was found on June 15, 2012.

Investigation determined the last place he was known to be alive was at the home of Michael Alan Burris and Michael Kyle Burris in Fergus Falls. His phone went dead shortly after he arrived there and his van sat in front of the home until late in the evening, when it was moved and ended up at the Elizabeth location.

The investigation shows Scott Burris went to the Fergus Falls address to pick up drugs. Both Michael Alan and Michael Kyle provided false information to investigators.

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