A Minnesota college student who has been missing for two weeks was found dead in a cornfield on Monday afternoon, but police have not unraveled the mystery of her disappearance and death.
Police officials confirm in a statement to PEOPLE that the body of Laura Ann Schwendemann, who was an 18-year-old University of Minnesota, Morris freshman, was found by a farmer near Villard, Minnesota. Schwendemann was last seen on October 14 from a gas station nearly 18 miles away in Alexandria, some 45 miles from her college campus. She was seen traveling with a man in a 1997 Geo Prism with a loud muffler.
Officers have since tracked that man down and claim he and Schwendemann were friends. He’s said to be cooperating with investigators and is not a suspect.
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Police have yet to identify any suspects, and have not revealed any information regarding the cause or manner of her death, and their investigation continues, Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen said in a statement.
The blue-eyed, brown-haired student was reported missing by her family on October 15. Police say they have recovered the heavily damaged car, but wouldn’t say where it was found. Pictures of the vehicle indicate the front passenger’s side window was broken.
“We do not have reason to believe that the general public is in danger and our focus is now why and how this young woman died,” Wolbersen said in the statement. “We are aggressively pursuing the leads that we have, and believe that we are making active progress in solving this case.”