A body, believed to be that of missing Le Sueur woman Moriah Zwart, has been found in the Minnesota River.
Zwart went missing on Friday, May 1, after camping with a friend at a nearby sandbar. At some point during the night, the two friends became separated. Although the girls had both consumed alcohol, no foul play is currently suspected.
On Friday, police started scouring the river, looking for any sign of Zwart. It is still unclear whether or not the girls had been swimming prior to her disappearance. However, Zwart’s cell phone and other personal items were found on the shore, according to Pioneer Press.
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At approximately 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, Zwart’s body was found floating downstream in the Minnesota River, two and a half miles from their campsite. Le Sueur County Sheriff David Tietz said that Moriah’s body was being taken to the Ramsey County medical examiner to investigate the cause of death.
Jim Callaway and his fiancee, Patti Abrahamson, who have no relation to Moriah, organized a candlelight vigil at the American Legion Park, on Monday, May 4, to show support to her family, according to Mankato Free Press. Those who attended wore the color purple, Moriad’s favorite color. Jim and Patti also set up a GoFundMe page to help the family.
“I’m saddened but relieved that the family can now get the closure they need,” Callaway said. “We’re just glad now that she’s finally home.”
— George Marincel (@GeorgeMarincel) May 5, 2015
On Monday, a separate body was pulled from the St. Croix River in Minnesota. That body has been identified as 24-year-old Abbey Russell, a woman who had been missing from Stillwater for over a week. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s office made the identification, and made the announcement on Sunday. Currently, there is no foul play suspected in Russell’s death. However, the full autopsy report has not been released.
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