Minnesota man accused of killing & hiding the body of Buffalo Co. woman

Published: Jun. 17, 2020 at 8:48 PM CDT
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A Minnesota man is arrested and charged tied to the death and hiding the body of a Buffalo County woman more than three years ago.

The criminal complaint was filed today against 48-year-old Randall Merrick of Rochester.

It details the disappearance of 50-year-old Beth Johnson.

She was last seen at her home in the Village of Nelson on Christmas Day 2016.

Authorities allege Johnson and Merrick were living together at the time.

A month after Johnson was last seen, her son received a receipt from her debit card. It showed Merrick signed the receipt for buying a sledgehammer, trash bags and industrial cleaning products.

In April 2018, a K9 searching the area of Johnson's home came upon decomposing human remains.

Two months later, a witness saw Merrick crying and admitting, "I killed her." When the witness asked who he killed, Merrick is said to have answered "Beth."