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Police Look for Ex-Husband of Shooting Suspect

Posted at: 01/10/2013 2:01 PM

Cloquet Police have put out a missing persons alert for the ex-husband of a woman accused of shooting her current husband.

Police say John Bemis, 37, of Cloquet hasn't been seen since Monday, the day after his ex-wife, Marie Majerle, was arrested.  His family reported him missing Wednesday.

Police say Bemis is not a suspect but is wanted for questioning in the investigation as a possible material witness.

Bemis is 5’11 and weighs 180 pounds. He has brown hair and green eyes.  Police believe Bemis is travelling in his 2005 red GMC Extended Cab Sierra pickup, displaying Minnesota Support our Troops license plate 140DH, and also has a 2009 red Kawasaki Enduro motorcycle, displaying Minnesota plate number 60170MG.

Police are asking anyone with information on Bemis’ whereabouts to call the Cloquet Police Department at 218-879-1247, the Carlton County Sheriff's Department dispatch center at 218-384-4185, or 911.

Marie Majerle is charged with premeditated attempted murder.  A criminal complaint alleges she shot her husband, Richard Majerle, in a sauna at the Cloquet home they own early Sunday morning.  The home was in foreclosure and scheduled to be sold on Tuesday.

A criminal complaint says Marie Majerle had filed for divorce in October and had been living with an ex-husband in Cloquet.  The ex-husband's name is not listed in court documents, which say he was interviewed by police.