FBI probes death on KBIC reservation

The FBI has confirmed a law enforcement investigation is ongoing into the weekend death of Lisa Kinnunen, 48, of Baraga County.

Because the death occurred on an American Indian reservation, the FBI is conducting the investigation in cooperation with the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) Tribal Police.

According multiple sources, including law enforcement, FBI agents responded on Saturday after her frozen body was discovered outside of her boyfriend’s home at 14431 Lindemann Road in Baraga.

Sources say Kinnunen had been drinking heavily with her boyfriend, Peter Jaukkuri, and another man the night before. The two men left the premises and returned later without searching for her. They found her body, with unexplained bruises, in the outdoor dog kennel the next morning, and claimed no knowledge of how she got there.

Jaukkuri recently retired from the New Day Treatment Center where he was a counselor, according to a neighbor. The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community — New Day Treatment Center specializes in the treatment of drug and alcohol abuse.

The Baraga County Medical Examiner could not be reached for information on the cause of death.

Michigan State Police and the Baraga County Sheriff referred inquiries to the Tribal Police, who did not return calls seeking information on the case.

If you have information regarding the investigation, it can be shared with the FBI at 906-226-2058 or tips.fbi.gov.

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