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New: Lewiston area murder suspect held on $1M bail

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Lewiston, MN (WXOW) -

Bail was set at $1 million for a man charged in the murder of a woman whose body was found in a wooded area near Lewiston Saturday.

Kyle Benjamin Allers, 23, appeared in a Winona County courtroom Monday morning on a charge of 2nd Degree Murder in the death of 24-year-old Tasha Lynn Hanson.

During the hearing, prosecutors asked for a $10 million bail, noting that Allers was a flight risk with a history of violence and failure to appear. 

Winona County Attorney Karin Sonneman told WXOW that based on the evidence so far, the 2nd Degree Murder charge was filed because Hanson's death wasn't premeditated. Besides the discovery of Hanson's body, investigators and the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension searched a home in Lewiston most of Saturday.

Also on Monday, Winona County Sheriff Ron Ganrude released additional details about Hanson's death. He said she was strangled and beaten about the head before her body was left in a wooded area outside of Lewiston. 

More information on what happened on Friday was revealed by Ganrude and in the criminal complaint against Allers:

-The call that set into motion the search for Hanson and eventual arrest of Allers came from one of his family members after that person visited the Lewiston home where the Hanson and Allers lived. The complaint said that Allers asked the person, since he was a hunter, if he could help hide the body in a remote location where no one could find it. 

-A deputy saw Allers driving away from a vehicle parked on the side of the road. The vehicle turned out to belong to Hanson. When the deputy pulled over Allers to talk to him, Allers said he was looking for his girlfriend after an earlier argument. The deputy noticed a dime-sized drop of blood on Allers. Later, after agreeing to come to Winona for additional questioning, he was arrested.

-A family member of Tasha Hanson said she received a text message Friday from Hanson's account saying she was OK. Allers later admitted he used Hanson's account to send the message. He said he did it because he wanted to spend more time with his children before killing himself.

The couple's two children, ages 1 and 3, are now with a family member. 

Allers' next court appearance is set for May 26.

WXOW's Caroline Hecker will have updates tonight on Live at Five and the 6pm Report.  

Authorities have released the name of a woman who was found dead in the woods near Lewiston on Saturday.

The Winona County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as 24-year-old Tasha Lynn Hanson. A 23-year-old man remains jailed on suspicion of second-degree murder, pending his first court appearance on Monday.

The Winona County Sheriff's Department says 23-year-old Kyle Benjamin Allers was taken into custody on Saturday on probable cause of second degree murder. He is scheduled to make an appearance on Monday.

No details about the circumstances surrounding Hanson's death have been released.

Investigators searched a Lewiston home after a woman's body was discovered in the woods.

Winona County Sheriff Ron Ganrude says a suspect is in jail on suspicion of second degree murder, but no charges have been filed.  According to KTTC TV, the sheriff said in a statement that a caller provided information just before 6:30 PM May 13 about a possible homicide.  He says investigators began a search around 8 PM.  They discovered the woman's body just after 12:30 AM Saturday, May 14 in a wooded area east of Lewiston.

The home at 135 South Fremont is next to the Lewiston-Altura Elementary School on the south side of the community.

The woman's body was taken to the medical examiner's office in Rochester for formal identification and an autopsy. 

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