Ghanaian woman trying to reach Canada found dead in northern MN

Her body was found last Friday less than a mile from the border.
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Noyes, Minnesota.

Noyes, Minnesota.

A Ghanaian citizen trying to cross the U.S. border into Canada died from the cold in far northern Minnesota.

Authorities found the body of 57-year-old Mavis Otuteye late Friday afternoon, the Kittson County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. She'd been reported missing the day earlier, and had last been seen in the area four days earlier, May 22.

Early autopsy results indicate she died from hypothermia. Temperatures dipped into the low 40s during those days she was reported missing, according to Weather Underground.

Authorities think she was trying to enter Canada. According to the Brainerd Dispatch, Otuteye had been living in Delaware recently and was likely trying to reunite with her daughter.

The sheriff's office and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating.

Noyes has become a common crossing spot

Noyes is an unincorporated township, hundreds of feet from the Canadian border. Just on the other side is the city of Emerson.

CBC News says the fields around Emerson have become "a pathway" for hopeful migrants trying to reach Canada. The news outlet reports 477 asylum-seekers have been caught by Canadian police in the first four months of 2017.

In March, 40 people trying to cross the border in Minnesota and North Dakota were intercepted by Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officers

The New York Times recently wrote about the huge increase in American migrants trying to reach their northern neighbor – they're worried about the political climate, and the possibility of being deported from the U.S. According to the Associated Press, if someone gets onto Canadian soil before being caught, they’re allowed to stay and go through the refugee-claim process. But you can't just walk up to a border agent from the other side.

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