MANDAN, N.D. Police reacted to a medical call at a North Dakota business on Monday and found "several" bodies, officials said.
The Mandan Police Department issued a three-sentence statement confirming that police officers had found "several people who had died in" of the business in the town of about 22,000 across the Missouri River west of Bismarck. Police did not report how many people died and did not immediately respond to a request for more details.
Morton County submitted a request for comment to city police. The State Criminal Investigation Bureau confirmed that it was assisting the investigation but did not offer details.
Authorities did not identify the deal, but police and vehicles from the Burleigh County Sheriff's Department were grouped together Monday at RJR Maintenance and Management, a property management company. The Bismarck Tribune said the company issued a statement at 9:30 am, saying it was closed on Monday.
No one answered the phone in the business, which is a bit isolated, despite its location in a business district near a busy main road known as The Strip. A large empty lot is at the front, a golf course at the back and a football complex next door.
Darin Helbling, manager of a nearby bowling alley, said police had requested to watch the surveillance video of his company. Helbling said the video shows only a few vehicles on the road that separates business from 10pm. Sunday.
The RJR website has identified it as a family-owned business that deals with commercial and residential properties in Bismarck and Mandan for more than 20 years. Their services include collecting landlords, paying mortgages, renting apartments, maintaining buildings and grounds, lawn care and snow removal. Also leases storage units.
A "Meet Our Team" feature on the site showed 22 employees.