Authorities are searching for the son of a former NFL player who was found dead with his wife at the couple’s home this week in Long Prairie, Minnesota, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Friday.
Barry Bennett, who was a defensive lineman in an 11-season NFL career, and his wife, Carol, were found dead Wednesday afternoon by a friend who went to check on them after calls and texts went unanswered.
Bennett was 63. It’s unclear how old his wife was.
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.
Per the Star Tribune, investigators have released few details except to say the victims died under suspicious circumstances and that there is no immediate threat to public safety.
Long Prairie is a town of about 3,500 two hours northwest of Minneapolis-St. Paul, about midway between the Twin Cities and Fargo, North Dakota.
Bennett played mostly for the Saints (1978-81), who drafted him in the third round in 1978, and Jets (1982-88). He played one game with the Vikings in 1988. His best season was with the Jets in 1985, when he recorded 7 1/2 sacks in 16 starts.
He played football at Concordia (Minn.) College and taught high school physical education in Long Prairie for a decade before retiring some four or five years ago, according to the Star Tribune.
Described by an unidentified former student as outgoing and empathetic, he was being remembered as someone who was involved in the school, church and community.