Authorities investigate 'suspicious' death of former Viking, Concordia football player, wife: Adopte


LONG PRAIRIE— The Todd County Sheriff's Office and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension were still searching as of last night (Aug. 22), for a 22-year-old man wanted in connection with the "suspicious" death of a rural Long Prairie man and his wife at their rural Long Prairie residence. The sheriff's office received a call about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday from a friend of Barry Bennett. He said Bennett, a retired gym teacher and coach at the Long Prairie school, hadn't returned his texts or call since Tuesday. The sheriff's department said they found Bennett and his wife Carol both 63, who died under "suspicious circumstances. In the course of the investigation, authorities identified the 22-year-old suspect as Dylan John Bennett, the couple's adopted son who was living at the home at the time. Todd County Sheriff Steve Och in a statement. "Based on information gathered during the investigation, it is determined that there is no threat to public safety at this time," Investigators believe the younger Bennett may have fled the state. Also assisting in the case is the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force. Barry Bennett, played 11 seasons in the NFL, mostly for the New Orleans Saints and New York Jets and for one year with the Vikings. He played for Concordia in Moorhead under longtime Coach Jim Christopherson from 1974 to 1978. He was then drafted in the fourth round by the Saints. He was also a national champion wrestler, winning three national titles in the NAIA and NCAA Division 3 tourneys.