Missing Man Found Dead

Missing Man Found Dead Click to Enlarge Photo: Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

(KNSI) - A missing Central Minnesota man accused of a sex crime is dead.

According to court records filed on Friday, charges have been dismissed against 50-year-old Steven Dale Row because he is deceased.

Court documents didn’t say how or when he died. An obituary for Row stated he died May 23rd near Grove City.

Last month, the Paynesville Police Department asked for the public's help finding Row.

He was last seen May 23rd at his home in Paynesville, just a couple of days after he was charged with 1st degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly raping a teenage girl with his wife.

Police stated he searched for information on suicide before leaving.

Prosecutors were seeking an aggravated sentenced and he could have been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

His wife, 55-year-old Stacy Lee Row, is also facing charges for allegedly sexually assaulting the 13-year-old girl with him in July 2017.

She’s facing a presumptive prison sentence of 12 years if convicted.

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