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UPDATE: Searchers find body in search for missing Baxter woman

The Baxter Police Department conducted a ground search Thursday, May 26, as part of the investigation into the disappearance of Baxter resident Jessie Eue.

Law enforcement officials stand near some water and a fallen tree in a wooded area.
A search party of law enforcement officials coordinates after finding a body during a search for missing Baxter woman Jessie Eue Thursday, May 26, 2022, to the west of Cypress Drive in Baxter.
Tim Speier / Brainerd Dispatch
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BAXTER — A body was discovered shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday, May 26, during a search for a missing woman in Baxter.

“It was a female matching the description of the missing person,” said Jim Exsted, Baxter chief of police.

The body was transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office for positive identification late Thursday afternoon.

“On behalf of the family and the Baxter Police Department, I just want to thank everyone who participated in the search,” Exsted said.

The Baxter Police Department conducted a ground search Thursday at 5 p.m. on the north end of Cypress Drive in Baxter as part of the investigation into the disappearance of Baxter resident Jessie Eue. Exsted told the search party they believe Eue walked away from her residence.

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Thursday’s search was in the area behind Eue's residence on Golf Course Drive, where she lives with her mother. Eue, 53, went missing from her Baxter home sometime after 8:30 p.m. May 17.

Two mounted sheriff's officers ride horses with one person walking next to them.
Crow Wing County Sheriff Mounted Patrol search Thursday, May 26, 2022 for missing Baxter woman Jessie Eue.
Tim Speier / Brainerd Dispatch

With the clouds breaking and the sun shining, 87 volunteers broke into two groups and started searching the west side of Cypress Drive. Heading north and south, the two groups split at Clearwater Road and started searching for Eue around 5:30 p.m..

After trudging through thorn bushes and wading through water, as the group was working to bring the line around a pond on the former golf course, a “we found a body” was heard as law enforcement officers made their way to the edge of a pond, less than 250 feet from Cypress Drive.

Cypress Drive remained closed to through traffic until about 8 p.m. Thursday.

Officials from law enforcement agencies and fire departments from the Crow Wing County area assisted with the search. The search had volunteers from Baxter and Brainerd police departments and fire departments from Brainerd, Crosslake, Ironton, Pequot Lakes, Mission, and Garrison along with the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrol, Crow Wing County Unmanned Aerial Team and Crow Wing County Boat and Water division. North Memorial Health Ambulance and Cuyuna Range Medical Center also assisted.

This is a developing story. Check back for more information at www.brainerddispatch.com, as details become available.

TIM SPEIER, staff writer, can be reached on Twitter @timmy2thyme , call 218-855-5859 or email tim.speier@brainerddispatch.com .

Related Topics: MISSING PERSONSBAXTER
Tim Speier joined the Brainerd Dispatch in October 2021, covering Public Safety.
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