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Forum News Service, Published August 02 2013

58-year-old man turns himself in as driver in fatal Beltrami hit-and-run

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A 58-year-old man turned himself in to police Friday morning, admitting he was the driver in the fatal hit-and-run that killed Christopher Lee Strong, 25, of Bemidji, on Wednesday morning.

The red Monte Carlo police identified Thursday as being involved in Strong's death was seized and taken to the Law Enforcement Center, according to Beltrami County Emergency Management Director Beryl Wernberg.

The identity of the man who surrendered to police has not been released, and he was not listed as being in custody on the Beltrami County Jail's website Friday night.

Strong's body was found at Grange and Nature roads just before 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. A newspaper carrier made the discovery and called police.

Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp said Thursday he had "pretty well nailed down" Strong's whereabouts in the 24 hours that preceded his death.