MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Authorities say a man is in custody Tuesday morning after his wife was found dead in her White Bear Lake home Monday afternoon.

According to police, authorities were called to the 2200 block of 8th Street in White Bear Lake late Monday afternoon on a report of a possible homicide. When police got to the scene, they found the body of a woman inside the home’s garage.

A subsequent investigation led police to a home on the 1400 block of Sheldon Avenue in St. Paul, where they took a 35-year-old man into custody.

Authorities said the man — Steven Roger Johnson — was questioned then booked into the Ramsey County Jail on suspicion of murder. Police haven’t revealed what led them to arrest Johnson.

Officers found 32-year-old Manya Jewel Johnson’s body after someone called police Monday afternoon — that person is cooperating with police. Authorities haven’t said she died.

Police say the two were married.

Johnson has previously been convicted of felony criminal sexual conduct involving a stranger in 1996. He was in prison for that crime from Dec. 6, 1996 until February 2008.

The incident is still under investigation.

Johnson is currently being held in the Ramsey County Jail.


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