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Beating suspect last seen in Harris

LITTLE FALLS — The man suspected of beating his ex-girlfriend and leaving her in Little Falls Thursday is believed to have been last seen Saturday driving a darker Ford truck in the Harris area, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s (BCA) Minnesota Crime Alert Network reported.

The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a request Thursday from the Pope County Sheriff’s Office asking that deputies check Highway 10 near Little Falls for a woman who had been abducted earlier in the day from Pope County. At approximately 7:40 p.m. a Morrison County deputy located the woman and her vehicle south of the Fourth Street overpass on Highway 10. The woman appeared to have been severely beaten and stated her ex-boyfriend, 39-year-old Dennis Wayne Aasen of Mounds View, had abducted her and left walking southbound after their vehicle broke down. The victim was transported to St. Gabriel’s Hospital while a search of the area began.

Officers from the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office, Little Falls Police Department, Pierz Police Department, Royalton Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol, Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, and Baxter Police Department searched the area with a canine officerand helicopter until about 10 p.m. without locating the suspect. Officers continued patrolling the areas south of Little Falls until approximately 3:30 a.m. when the search was terminated.

The suspect was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. The suspect is described as having very short or no hair and a goatee. The case is under investigation by the Pope County Sheriff’s Office and the BCA.

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