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Remains found near Minnesota river are of Burnsville mother

Elizabeth Perrault has been missing since November.

The human remains found frozen in a pond near the Minnesota River on Sunday are those of a woman missing for several months.

Burnsville Police have confirmed that the body of Elizabeth Perrault, 41, was found by an underpass beneath I-35W in Burnsville.

She was identified by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office.

“Our thoughts go out to the family of this individual,” says Burnsville Police Chief Eric Gieseke in a statement to BMTN.

"Any loss of life is a tragedy, and we are allocating all of the resources necessary in this investigation to determine what happened.”

Perrault's Facebook page shows that she's the mother of two boys and a girl.


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According to Find The Missing, she had not been seen since November, though Burnsville police says it only received a missing persons report on Feb. 22.

But a search warrant obtained by KSTP dating to February reveals that her parents had initially raised concerns about her whereabouts in December.

Police filed a search warrant of the apartment and found a large stain that had soaked through the carpet.

Her badly decomposed remains were found on Sunday in a pond near the Minnesota River, and when her body was removed it was encased in 500lbs of ice.

The Dakota County Sheriff's Office told BMTN on Wednesday that they believe her death to be suspicious, saying the indications are that she didn't drown.

Earlier Facebook photos show she appears to have undergone chemotherapy, while the Star Tribune reports she had also struggled with alcoholism.

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