MOTLEY, Minn. (WCCO) – A 60-year-old central Minnesota man has been charged with murder after his girlfriend was found dead in the home they shared, authorities say.
According to the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office, Harold Wassather faces a second-degree murder charge.
The sheriff’s office said a 911 caller Sunday morning reported a friend called him and said he killed his girlfriend.
Authorities responded to a residence on the 600 block of Highway 10 South in Motley. They met a man there, and detained him while searching the home. During the search, they found a woman dead.
The woman was later identified as 66-year-old Christine Nygard, Wassather’s girlfriend, per the sheriff’s office. Her cause of death was blunt head and chest trauma, and her death was ruled a homicide.
“The victim tragically lost her life to domestic violence, which could have been prevented,” Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen said.
Though Wassather has been charged, the sheriff’s office noted “authorities are continuing to investigate the incident.”
For anonymous, confidential help, anyone can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224.
Source: CBS Minnesota