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Neighbors Describe Seeing Austin Murder Victim's Body in Yard

Posted at: 02/01/2013 10:53 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- After a body is discovered in Austin, police chase a car from the scene to Waseca. That driver also died after rolling his car.

We've been covering it since early this morning, a murder in Austin and a fatal crash in Waseca, believed to be connected. Police told ABC 6  they got a call from a neighbor around 3:00 am who heard screaming, and saw a man lying outside the home.

That's at the 500 block of 4th Street Northwest in Austin. The block was still blocked off by police almost 20 hours later. Neighbors on that block cant believe it happened right outside their door.

"A neighbor called 911 shortly after 3am this morning hearing yells for help," said Chief Brian Krueger with the Austin Police Department.

"I just saw more cops going there," said neighbor Marquita Landis.

"They've been here since before I woke up at 3:30 this morning," said neighbor Jasilyn Merritt.

A scene that's been covered in caution tape and surrounded by police all day. Neighbors on the other side of that yellow tape say the scene was horrifying. "I kind of saw some feet laying on the ground so I didn't know if somebody got hurt, but I didn't really hear any gunshots so I didn't really know what happened," said Merritt.

"I saw the dead body across the street from me, out of my window," said Landis. Police confirmed that man had been murdered, "Probably like 10 feet away from my house," said Landis.

A 46-year-old Oakdale man believed to be involved, sped out of town. "All joined in the pursuit at which at times speeds in excess of 130 miles an hour were reached," said Chief Krueger. The car lead several police agencies on a chase just north of Waseca. The chase ended after the man rolled his car, and died after being ejected.

Hours later police were working at the crime scene where they say it all began. A scene that neighbors still cant wrap their head around. "That just usually doesn't happen around here," said Landis.

"You don't really expect that in a small town but I guess anything can happen," said Merritt.

Police didn't say how the man in Austin was killed. They also wont identify the two involved until after an autopsy.