By Red Power Media, Staff, Updated Nov 5 2015
Ex-boyfriend among 2 ‘persons of interest’ in Rose Downwind’s disappearance
Close to two weeks after 31-year-old Downwind disappeared, police now believe foul play was involved and they’re asking the public for help to gather evidence.
Downwind, the granddaughter of American Indian Movement co-founder Dennis Banks, was last seen Oct. 21 leaving a residence on Stoner Avenue in Bemidji, Minn.
On Thursday, police said they identified Marchello Anthony Cimmarusti, 40, and Christopher John Davis, 27, as persons of interest in the case, and pinned a pewter colored 2002 GMC Yukon, with Minnesota plate 325MGP.
Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin said the investigation has been focused on an area north of Bemidji to include Lake Bemidji State Park and the Buena Vista State Forest.
Police are asking anyone who saw Cimmarusti, Davis or the vehicle in those areas between Oct. 19-29 to call Bemidj Police at (218) 333-9111.
“A point of clarification is that they are persons of interest,” Mastin said of Cimmarusti and Davis. “If you’ve seen the individuals in that area defined between those times, that’s what we want to know about them. We’ve talked with both of them. What we need is the public’s help in providing information during that time period. We are not actively looking for them. The vehicle is the same. We’re asking if anyone had seen it during that time.”
Dwa Weston, Downwind’s cousin and family spokesperson, said Cimmarusti is Downwind’s ex-boyfriend and the two have three children together. Weston added that Downwind also knows Davis.
Mastin believes there are clues to Downwind’s whereabouts somewhere in the rural 60 square mile region north of Bemidji.
“We’ve searched the area twice by plane,” he said, “but you can see more details on the ground.”
The area would be difficult to search on foot, Mastin said. However, Saturday is the opener of deer season in northern Minnesota, and scores of hunters will be walking those woods.
Mastin hopes they’ll act as a sort of unwitting search party.
Property owners in the area are asked to check structures and acreage for any signs of suspicious activity including: trespassing, recent fires or disturbed ground. Additionally, hunters are asked to check their trail cameras for suspicious activity, images of the persons of interest or vehicle.