Authorities confirm body found in field is missing teen Laura Schwendemann


The body found in a farm field near Alexandria was been officially confirmed as that of missing University of Minnesota-Morris student Laura Schwendemann.

The 18-year-old's body was found by a farmer in Orange Township Monday afternoon. Her family had said at the time the body was hers, but authorities had to wait for the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office for official confirmation.

That came Friday through a release sent out by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities are still asking the public for information about her disappearance, which still remains a mystery.

The investigation so far found that Schwendemann, from Starbuck, was last seen at a gas station in Alexandria on Oct. 14, and it is believe she drove off with a male acquaintance – but "perhaps not voluntarily."

Police have since spoken with that men, believed to be the last known person to be with her, and he "continues to be a person that we are interested in and are investigating, though no action has been taken at this stage," authorities have said.

A release on Monday read:

“Although we are not ruling out other scenarios, we have not received information that would substantiate that Laura is being held against her will. We have not received information that would substantiate that Laura left by her own decision and is evading being found.”

A vigil was held in Starbuck to remember the late student, with the Alexandria Echo Press reporting another will be held this Sunday at 7 p.m., at Starbuck Community Park.

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