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Police: Missing woman's death ruled a homicide, man in custody

Michelle Mae's body was found on Tuesday.
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Police have confirmed that the body found in northern Minnesota on Tuesday is that of missing Outing woman Michelle Mae.

The Aitkin County Sheriff's Office says that the 35-year-old's likely cause of death is homicide, and that a 34-year-old man from Swatara is currently on custody on what is for now an unrelated charge.

The man is the resident of the rural property where Mae's body was found on Tuesday, which followed an extensive search by police since she was reported missing on Oct. 3.

Her Jeep Liberty was found by police a day later, with the man taken into custody on Oct. 5 for probation violation as part of the investigation.

"Over the course of the following 10 days numerous agencies participated in daily ground searches and K-9 searches in a 5 mile radius of the location where the vehicle was recovered," the sheriff's office said.

"Drone searches and water searches were conducted. Search warrants were issued for cell account data. In addition, search warrants were executed at a rural private property near Swatara," it added.

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It wasn't until Tuesday, while executing another search warrant at the man's property that Mae's body was found.

The investigation has now been forwarded to the Aitkin County Attorney for possible charges.

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