Death Investigation of Ex-NFL Player, Wife Resume in Long Prairie

Tanya Simon
August 23, 2019

Authorities are calling the deaths "suspicious."Todd County Sheriff Steve Och says they are looking for 22-year old Dylan Bennett, the couple's youngest son". A friend called the Todd County Sheriff's Office to report that Bennett had not returned phone calls or texts from a day earlier.

Todd County sheriffs officials are searching for the couple's son - identified by authorities as Dylan John Bennett, 22 (via The Associated Press) - in connection with his parents' deaths.

The bodies have been sent to the medical examiner's office to determine a cause of death.

There's no apparent threat to the community, authorities said.

He started his career with the New Orleans Saints, and then played for the New York Jets.

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The Vikings issued a statement Friday saying: "We are saddened by the tragic loss of former Vikings player Barry Bennett and his wife, Carol".

Bennett had retired from teaching physical education in Long Prairie, a town of about 3,500 people about two hours northwest of Minneapolis. Jon Kringen, superintendent for the Long Prairie Grey Eagle School District, said Bennett rarely talked about his National Football League career unless someone asked.

Defensive lineman Barry Bennett of the New Orleans Saints looks on from the sideline during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Three Rivers Stadium on November 5, 1978, in Pittsburgh.

"The school district is mourning", Kringen said.

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