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Search for missing Le Sueur woman feared swept away by the Minnesota River

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A search is underway for a 20-year-old woman who was camping by a river in Minnesota and is feared to have been swept away by the water.

Moriah Lynn Zwart was camping and drinking with a friend on a sandbar on the Minnesota River at Le Sueur on Thursday night, but her friend lost track of her in the early hours of Friday morning, according to a release from the Le Sueur County Sheriff.

Her disappearance prompted a major search operation Friday featuring more than 60 emergency responders, who combed the area for any sign of her, as well as conducting a search of the river bottom.

The search will continue but will focus on other parts of the Minnesota River as it's feared she was swept away. Police say alcohol "played a factor in the incident."

KEYC reports that the spot the two were camping is close to the home of Zwart's parents, who have said they are "extremely grateful and humbled by the show of support" from the local community since their daughter went missing.

Sheriff Dave Tietz told the Le Sueur News-Herald Friday afternoon that searchers were "still hoping she's asleep somewhere," but added: "As time goes on I don't think that's going to happen."

Tietz told the Mankato Free Press that Zwart's friend could not remember whether the pair had gone swimming on Thursday night.

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Anyone with information about Zwart's whereabouts should call the Le Sueur County Sheriff's Office on (507) 357-4440, or the police department on (507) 665-3313.

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