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Police find woman dead in the street in Minneapolis

Officers were on routine patrol when they spotted the woman.

Minneapolis Police are investigating after a woman was found dead on a street early Wednesday morning. 

Officers were on routine patrol around 1:20 a.m. when they came across a woman lying in the street near 31st Ave. NE and Columbia Ave. They stopped their squad and got out to check on the woman, only to find that she was dead. 

Homicide investigators were immediately called to the scene, but it remains unclear how the woman died. MPD's traffic investigation division is assisting homicide detectives on the case. 

Per standard procedure, nearby buildings were checked for possible surveillance video and the Minneapolis Crime Lab searched the scene for evidence. 

The woman's identity and cause of death will be released at a later stage by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers online or by calling 1-800-222-8477. All tips can be submitted anonymously and may be eligible for a financial reward. 

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