Found and lost againA Cloquet man who was reported missing by his family in January and who is wanted for questioning by law enforcement was apparently living in a state park in California until recently.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
A Cloquet man who was reported missing by his family in January and who is wanted for questioning by law enforcement was apparently living in a state park in California until recently.
John Edwin Bemis III, 37, was reported missing by his family two days after his ex-wife, Marie Majerle, was arrested and charged with attempted homicide for shooting her estranged husband, Richard Alan Majerle, in the upper chest. Marie Majerle was also charged with removing or altering a serial number on that firearm.
Marie Majerle had been staying with Bemis and their 14-year-old daughter prior to the shooting, and police had searched the Bemis residence the day after and discovered a drill press with fresh metal shavings “consistent with the gun where the serial numbers were shaved off,” Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler told the court when Marie Majerle was arraigned.
Then Bemis disappeared.
On Jan. 30, Pertler filed charges against Bemis for gross misdemeanor charges of child abandonment and the Carlton County Sheriff’s Department issued a warrant for Bemis with a U.S. pickup, according to Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake.
Since he left his Cloquet residence Jan. 7, no one had seen Bemis or admitted to hearing from him, Pertler said.
Then Cloquet Detective Derek Randall got a call from the family saying someone (previously unknown to the family) had been in touch with Bemis in California — where he’d been living at a state park — and came looking for him in Minnesota.
“We contacted the sheriff’s department and parks service there [in California],” Randall said. “They checked but they were unable to find him. We belief he’d taken off prior to us being informed of his location.”
Now he’s missing again, although at least police and his family know he was alive and well not too long ago.
“We got a good scoop and just missed him by a few days,” Pertler said. “At this point, again, we have no idea where he is.”
Bemis is not a suspect in the Majerle case at this time, Pertler said.
“It’s no secret we want to talk to him about the Majerle case,” he said. “But the warrant is for abandoning his child.”
Bemis is white, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 180 pounds and has brown hair and green eyes. Authorities said they believe Bemis is traveling in a 2005 red GMC Sierra extended-cab pickup truck with a Minnesota “Support Our Troops” license plate numbered 140DH and has a 2009 red Kawasaki Enduro motorcycle with Minnesota plates 60170MG.
Anyone who has contact with Bemis is encouraged to call 911 and contact law enforcement officials.