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Beating suspect at large

LITTLE FALLS — A man suspected of beating his ex-girlfriend was still at large Friday morning after Morrison County Sheriff’s Office deputies located the woman and conducted a search of the area where she and her vehicle were found near Little Falls.

“We don’t have any reason to believe he is in the area,” Wetzel said Friday. “Our staff is all aware. They’re keeping their eyes open.”

Wetzel said area motels and gas stations were alerted of the search on Thursday.

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 from 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. Sheriff Michel Wetzel said it appeared the woman had taken a “pretty significant beating but was on her feet.” He said at mid-morning Friday he did not know her current condition.

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 and helicopter until approximately 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 is believed to have stolen a vehicle out of Little Falls between 9:30-10 a.m.

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 currently under investigation by the Pope County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

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