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2 men, juvenile female arrested in connection with suspected Mesabi Trail murder

Anthony Emerson Howson, 20, arrested on suspicion of second-degree homicide in connection with the death of Josha Robert Lavalley, 33, of Aurora. Courtesy St. Louis County Jail1 / 2
Deshon Israel Bonnell, 18, arrested on suspicion of second-degree homicide in connection with the death of Josha Robert Lavalley, 33, of Aurora. Courtesy St. Louis County Jail2 / 2

HIBBING, Minn. -- Hibbing police arrested two men on murder charges Monday night, Jan. 7, in connection with a body discovered along the Mesabi Trail last weekend.

A 17-year-old female was also arrested Tuesday. It was not immediately clear what charges she faces.

Deshon Israel Bonnell, 18, and Anthony Emerson Howson, 20, are being held on suspicion of second-degree homicide, according to St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin. Bonnell was booked into the jail just before 9 p.m. Monday, according to St. Louis County Jail records; Howson was booked two hours later.

The arrests come as police investigate the suspected killing of Joshua Robert Lavalley, 33, of Aurora, whose body was found on the Mesabi Trail just east of Kerr on Sunday afternoon. Lavalley’s body, which was found by a snowmobiler, had no wallet or identification on his person, but authorities used fingerprints to identify him.

Howson was convicted of a misdemeanor in 2017 on a charge of tampering or entering a motor vehicle without the owner’s permission. He was listed in court records at that time as having a Cambridge, Minn., address. Bonnell has no previous convictions.