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A Minnesota man thought to be a missing teen girl’s good friend has now been charged with her presumed murder.
Dystynee Avery, 19, was last seen in south Moorhead on Apr. 3, the Moorhead Police Department stated Saturday. That day, both Avery’s mother Doreen Avery and her boyfriend Jordan Yarborough said they received calls from the teenager's friend Ethan Broad, 27, according to KVLY.
In those calls, Broad allegedly claimed that he and Dystynee — who was staying with him temporarily — had a fight the night before. He allegedly said she vanished afterward.
“A bunch of B.S. because obviously he had already taken her life. She was already gone," Doreen speculated to KVLY.
Following Dystynee’s disappearance, police tried to locate her. Soon they conducted searches of Broad's apartment and garage and the missing person investigation soon turned into a murder investigation.
“The investigation led to the belief that foul play was involved,” police stated Saturday.
Broad was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Following his arrest, he allegedly told police that he killed and dismembered Dystynee in his garage before bagging her remains and tossing her body parts into dumpsters at the apartment, Minnesota's Star Tribune reports. He initially denied killing her, but then allegedly claimed he killed her in self-defense, the outlet reported.
A bloodied saw with human tissue was allegedly found inside Broad's garage along with a bin with "a large amount of blood inside," according to a complaint obtained by the Star Tribune. The complaint also states that blood stains were found in Broad's apartment.
Dystynee's remains have yet to be found.
Doreen told KVLY that her daughter had stayed with Broad in the past. She said she thought he was a good friend to her.
Doreen said her daughter always called her to say "Mom, I love you." Yarborough also described Dystynee as loving.
“Dystynee was kind-hearted and caring for everyone she met. She would always try her best to keep you happy no matter the situation,” Yarborough told Oxygen.com. “She would talk with you and spend time with you during your situation. If you need someone to talk to or needed something she would do her best to get it.”
He added that she was a “wonderful person” who just enjoyed making others happy.
“If you needed someone, she would be there in a heartbeat. Just everything she did and said always kept me happy,” he said.
It’s unclear if Broad has an attorney who can speak on his behalf at this time. His bond has been set at $1 million and he is expected in court on May 14.
Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is urged to call the Red River Regional Dispatch Center at (701) 451-7660 and ask to speak with a Moorhead Police Department investigator.
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