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Body pulled from St. Croix River identified as missing 24-year-old

STILLWATER - The body pulled from the St. Croix River on Saturday has been identified as that of Abbey Russell, the 24-year-old who had been missing for the past week, officials said Sunday.

STILLWATER - The body pulled from the St. Croix River on Saturday has been identified as that of Abbey Russell, the 24-year-old who had been missing for the past week, officials said Sunday.

"No foul play is suspected in the death of Abbey Russell, and the official medical examiner's report will not be available pending toxicology," the Washington County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Russell, who had recently moved to Stillwater, had been reported missing April 25. Her disappearance prompted a weeklong search effort that also included enlisting the public's help.

Russell's body was discovered Saturday north of downtown Stillwater, not far from where the search had centered. Her body was taken to the Ramsey County medical examiner, which made the identification Sunday, officials said.

Russell moved to Stillwater a few weeks ago from Pensacola, Fla. She is originally from Fall Creek, Wis., near Eau Claire, and graduated from Fall Creek High School in 2009. She was working as a waitress at the time of her disappearance.

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