Couple with Superior ties found dead in Vadnais Heights, Minn.
Authorities are investigating the deaths of a couple found dead in their Vadnais Heights, Minn. home Tuesday morning. Ramsey County Sheriff's deputies went to the condominium of Kalen Pohjonen, 21, and his wife, Katherine Quam Pohjonen, 19, after...
Authorities are investigating the deaths of a couple found dead in their Vadnais Heights, Minn. home Tuesday morning.
Ramsey County Sheriff's deputies went to the condominium of Kalen Pohjonen, 21, and his wife, Katherine Quam Pohjonen, 19, after a co-worker reported that one of them had not shown up for work and could not be contacted. Pohjonen's father, Jerry Phjonen, lives in Superior.
Investigators got to the residence about 10 a.m., looked through a window and found the couple dead inside. Details about the cause of death and the circumstances surrounding it have not yet been released. Police have said they don't believe there is any threat to other residents living in the neighborhood.
According to a story in the Tuesday St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Pohjonens were liked by their neighbors. One described Kalen as a "good guy, a great guy ... and his wife was a great person as well." The same neighbor did report that Kalen Pohjonen knocked at his door about 3 a.m. on Saturday but that he didn't answer it and did not hear any disturbance. He intended to follow up with him next time they met but he never saw him again. The neighbor added that he had no reason to believe the couple were having any problems.
Kalen Pohjonen was a member of the Minnesota National Guard and was scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan in March. He is the son of Kimberly Pohjonen, formerly of Hudson, and Jerry Pohjonen of Superior. Katherine, who would have turned 20 on Thursday, is the daughter of Lawrence and Susan Quam.
The Hudson Star-Observer is a Forum Communications Co. newspaper, the parent company of the Duluth News Tribune.