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Body found near Isanti believed to be woman missing since Aug. 5

No one is in custody.
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After a major search effort, police in Isanti say they've found the body they believe is 32-year-old Amanda Jo Vangrinsven, who was reported missing last week. 

The Isanti Police Department said it and the Isanti County Sheriff's Office were executing a search warrant ton the 300 block of 261st Avenue Northwest in Athens Township, where they found a woman's body on the property. 

"Whereas the medical examiner is responsible for the formal identification of decedents, it is believed that, based on the evidence located at the scene, this is the individual they were looking for, Amanda Jo Vangrinsven," a news release said

The medical examiner will determine the nature and cause of her death, as well as formally identify her. 

No one is in custody in connection to Vangrinsven's death, and police say there does not appear to be a threat to the public at this time. 

Vangrinsven's family has been notified and have asked that their privacy be respected. 

Police plan to hold a news conference "in the coming days" to share more information on the case. Police also thanked members of the public who gave their time in searching for Vangrinsven. 

Vangrinsven was reported missing on Aug. 6 after she didn't show up for work. Isanti police on Monday said their preliminary investigation indicates Vangrinsven was last known to be at the Dugout Bar and Grill in Bethel, Minnesota, at around 11 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5. It's believed she left in a vehicle traveling in the northwest direction.

Initially, police said Vangrinsven was last seen "near" the Isanti VFW wearing a blue Twins shirt and jean shorts.

The property where the body was found is between the Isanti VFW and the Dugout Bar and Grill

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According to a Go Fund Me page set up to help with search efforts, Vangrinsven left the Dugout Bar with a now identified man who "has since vanished," noting it was "completely out of character" for her to not show up for work the next morning. 

Family, friends and community members had conducted daily searches for Vangrinsven since Aug. 7 in the sometimes-rugged terrain in the Isanti area. 

A post in the Find Amanda Facebook group early Wednesday morning says, "The immediate family has been notified that Amanda has been located and is deceased," adding "this has been a very difficult journey" and they are "grateful for all the efforts and outpouring of support."

Note: Some of the details provided in this story are based on the law enforcement's latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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