UPDATE: Man wanted for Becker County murder turns himself in in California

Published: Jun. 26, 2023 at 3:57 AM CDT
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PINE POINT, Minn. (Valley News Live) - UPDATE: The Becker County Sheriff’s Office says Michael Croud was in custody of police in Los Angeles, California. He was arrested on his warrant for 2nd Degree Murder after turning himself in to authorities at the Los Angeles Police Department.

Croud is awaiting extradition back to Minnesota.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Becker County Sheriff’s Office has issued an arrest warrant for Michael Dwayne Croud, 40, for a murder in Pine Point on Sunday.

Around 6:30 p.m. on June 25, deputies found a man dead inside a vehicle. The sheriff’s office is now identifying the victim as David Wayne Hanks, Jr., 35, of Park Rapids.

At the time, the Sheriff’s Office said a gray Pontiac G6 with White Earth license plates (22079) was seen leaving the scene before law enforcement got there. Police have now identified Croud as a suspect in the case, and a warrant has been issued for 2nd Degree Murder with intent.

Anyone who knows where Croud may be, or who has information about the case, is asked to contact the Becker County Sheriff’s Office at 218-847-2661. Sheriff Todd Glander says, “anyone who is discovered to have harbored/aided Croud will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Law enforcement say they believe this is an isolated incident.