Remains of Missing Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Tribal Member Found in Lake Superior
July 22, 2021
SAINT PAUL, Minn. - On Monday, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) announced that a man's remains were found in several five gallon buckets and a tote bag on the bottom of Lake Superior on July 15. His name is Richard "Ricky" Anthony Balsimo and he's a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota. The family says he was last seen in Minneapolis late June 19. Police say he was last seen in St. Paul on June 20.
Suspicions began to arise by the family after several days of unresponsive text messages and phone calls to both Balsimo and a couple of known acquaintances. "When my brother didn't respond to anyone from the family for a couple of days, we feared that something bad had happened to him," said Raquel Turner, sister of Richard Balsimo, to Native News Online. "He always made sure we knew he was okay."
Ricky's parents, Richard and Kim Balsimo, tried to file a missing person's report to the St. Paul Police Department on June 29, but the police officer who took their statement said Ricky had an active warrant. "All we got was 'we will see what we can do,'" said Richard Balsimo, Sr. to Native News Online.