UPDATE: Authorities in Aitkin county say they’ve found the body of an Outing, Minn., woman who went missing on Oct. 3.
he Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office last week asked hunters to be on the lookout for any sign of 35-year-old Michelle Mae. A hunter found her Jeep abandoned near Swatara, nearly two weeks ago, but no sign of Mae.
Investigators said they found a body they believe to be Mae’s on private property southwest of Hill City.
Authorities aren’t saying if there are any indications of how she died or whether it involved foul play. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office are also investigating her disappearance earlier this month.
The remains were taken to the Ramsey County medical examiner’s office in St. Paul for positive identification and a determination of cause of death.
The Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office is urging area hunters to keep watch for a woman who has been missing for nearly a week.
Michelle Mae, 35, of Outing, Minnesota, had last contact with her family on Wednesday, October 3. Mae is 5’1”, Caucasian, with green eyes, dark-rimmed glasses and short, dark hair. She has several tattoos on her forearms.
A hunter located Mae’s missing 2004 Jeep Liberty on Friday, October 4, in Aitkin County near Swatara, which is southwest of Hill City. The Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office is asking hunters in the area to watch for any signs of Mae. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to contact the sheriff’s office at 218-927-2138 or dial 911.
The Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office is being assisted in its investigation by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.