5 could be charged in Wright Co. teen's murder

- Five people have been booked in the Wright County Jail and will appear in court Wednesday in connection with the murder of Cheyenne Clough, who was found barely alive in a Wright County park on Wednesday, June 1. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner says Clough died of multiple gunshot wounds at North Memorial Hospital on Saturday.

On Sunday, two persons of interest in the case, Justin Jensen, 28, and Natasha Brandenburger, 33, were arrested near International Falls. Edward Zelko, 26, was arrested in Staples. Police say they were all taken into custody “in connection” with the death. Callie Anderson, 19, and Shawn Benson, 21, were also arrested in International Falls and all five were booked into the Wright County Jail on Tuesday.

A local International Falls man, Thomas Nicholson, 26, was arrested and being held for obstructing the legal process.

Kate Zelko, the sister of one of the arrested men, told Fox 9 the arrests came after multiple police tips. She said she told police her brother, Edward Zelko, texted her saying he “was going to have a bullet put in his head” by Justin Jensen. Kate said she saw Cheyenne Clough on the news, and recognized her as someone who spent time with her brother and Jensen.

Kate said she last saw her brother and Jensen at her house, where her brother was living, on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. Clough’s body was found in Crow Springs County Park the following Wednesday.

According to Kate, she saw Jensen break into her house the next Thursday. And she heard from her brother that Thursday night, saying he was in International Falls and feared getting hurt.

The investigation remains active, and police are looking for a white or cream 2008 Honda Accord. It has a Minnesota license plate: 307LCX. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Wright County Sheriff’s Office communication center at 763-682-1162, WCSO Investigative Tip Line at 763-682-7733, or through Crime Stoppers of Minnesota at www.crimestoppersmn.org.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to for Clough, and proceeds will go to her 3-year-old son: https://www.gofundme.com/27sc3n64 

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