MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Multiple sources tell WCCO-TV the two adults found dead Wednesday in a rural Long Prairie home were Barry and Carol Bennett.
Barry played in the NFL as a defensive lineman, including one year with the Minnesota Vikings in 1988.
The Todd County Sheriff’s Office says officers are looking for 22-year-old Dylan Bennett. He is believed to be driving a blue 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe with the license plate: BCK487.
Investigators named him as a suspect after a call came in Wednesday afternoon about a dead man at a home in rural Long Prairie. When deputies got to the scene, they found two adults dead inside the home. The sheriff’s office said the circumstances were suspicious.
Neighbors say Dylan was the victim’s youngest son.
“Carol and Barry, after their first four, they had a few years and they adopted their last two. They just had more love to give,” said Darcy Pesta, who has lived next door to the Bennett’s for over two decades. “They were just … we couldn’t ask for anything more for neighbors … our friends.”
Barry was a retired high school teacher and football coach. However, friends say he was very humble about his pro-football roots.
“He never mentioned that he was a NFL player. When I found out I was like, ‘What?’ And it’s because he was about the other person, making sure he was bringing out the best in them,” said Amy Middendorf, a friend of the Bennett Family.
The FBI was called in to assist in the investigation because the Todd County Sheriff’s office believes Dylan has already left the state of Minnesota.
The public is not believed to be in danger.