ST. MICHAEL, N.D. (AP) — Family and friends searched several days for Destiny DuBois and her little brother Travis DuBois Jr., after the children were reported missing by their father.
Their mother, Mena Shaw, decided to go to the home where she had lived with the children's father. Some said the couple had recently separated; others that they recently had reconciled.
Immediately upon entering, the mother knew something was terribly wrong — witnesses would later describe areas inside the house as covered with blood, some of it in pools.
In one bedroom, small bloody handprints later were found on a wall a couple of feet above the floor.
The search ended when Shaw found the lifeless bodies of 9-year-old "Des" and "Baby Trav," 6, under a mattress. Authorities said the children appeared to have been dead several days, slain by a knife or another cutting weapon.
The same day the bodies were found — May 21, 2011 — the children's father, Travis DuBois, was arrested and taken into custody. He pleaded guilty to public intoxication and reckless endangerment, according to a tribal prosecutor, and remains in jail serving sentences for those charges.
For the rest of the story, go to the pages of the Devils Lake Journal today, Tuesday, July 17, 2012.