After report of empty car stuck in mud, police find 16-year-old girl dead in a field


Police are investigating after the body of a 16-year-old girl was found in a field in Blue Earth County, Minnesota.

An "unresponsive" girl from New Ulm was found in a field near Judson Township early Wednesday morning, the Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office said in a press release.

The sheriff's office received a report of a car sitting in a field 200 yards off Highway 68 just before 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

A deputy found the vehicle stuck in mud, but with nobody inside it or anywhere near it.

Officials later found the girl "some distance away from the vehicle." She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The girl's family has identified her as Hannah Oliva, according to KEYC, although her name has not yet been released by authorities,

Although she lived in New Ulm, Oliva attended school at Mankato West High School, according to the station.

Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office Capt. Rich Murry told BringMeTheNews the girl had no visible signs of trauma, but the nature of the discovery and the girl's age make it suspicious in nature.

Murry said investigators are now trying to reconstruct her last movements on Tuesday night.

He added that the girl had not been reported missing prior to her discovery.

Ramsey County authorities are conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of her death.

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