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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

HASTINGS - Authorities are investigating the discovery of a woman’s body about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The body was found south of the Twin Cities in a wooded area of rural Dakota County by the landowner. It appeared she had been there less than 36 hours.

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The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying the victim. The following description may help in her identification: female, possible Native American, late 20s to early 30s, height 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8, 190 pounds, vibrant white teeth, reddish hair with blonde highlights, starfish earrings. She had a vine-shaped tattoo with blue ink across lower back.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Rick Schroeder at the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, (651) 438-TIPS (8477), or at the department's Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/pages/Dakota-County-Sheriffs-Office/189207037773712.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has not yet determined the cause of death and the investigation continues with assistance from the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

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