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Authorities release new details in Stoney Brook Township homicide investigation

Authorities have identified the woman killed in an apparent homicide Sunday in Stoney Brook Township. Waubunoquay Dawn Randall, 31, was killed in her home at 8683 Waagosh Road on Sunday afternoon, Lt. Jason Lukovsky of the St. Louis County Sherif...

Authorities have identified the woman killed in an apparent homicide Sunday in Stoney Brook Township.

Waubunoquay Dawn Randall, 31, was killed in her home at 8683 Waagosh Road on Sunday afternoon, Lt. Jason Lukovsky of the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said. A final cause of death has not been determined by the medical examiner, but Lukovsky said Randall’s injuries were consistent with stab wounds.

“The injuries which were identified in the autopsy appear to be the result of a knife,” Lukovsky said. “We believe that’s the weapon that was used.”

Few details have been released about the incident, as Lukovsky said investigators continued to conduct interviews and execute search warrants Tuesday evening.

Lukovsky did, however, confirm that investigators were also working at a neighboring home, where smoke was seen during the initial response Sunday. Burning clothes were recovered from an oven in the home, he said.

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The victim’s husband, 31-year-old Shawn Elson Randall, is in custody in relation to the incident, awaiting formal charges. The two were apparently legally married, although authorities have listed Shawn Randall’s address as being in Cloquet.

Meanwhile, the person of interest named by authorities on Monday has been located. Lukovsky said 21-year-old Lydia Maria Barney placed a medical-related 911 call shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Officials said Barney is believed to have further information about the incident. She was speaking with investigators as of Tuesday evening.

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Tom Olsen has covered crime and courts for the Duluth News Tribune since 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth and a lifelong resident of the city. Readers can contact Olsen at 218-723-5333 or tolsen@duluthnews.com.
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