Body found in Swatara, believed to be missing woman

AITKIN COUNTY– Investigators believe they have found the body of the missing 35-year-old Outing woman, Michelle Mae.

Her vehicle, a black Jeep, was found in the area of Swatara in Aitkin County earlier this month, and yesterday afternoon, Aitkin County deputies discovered a body on a private property, also in Swatara.

Mae has been missing out of Cass County since Oct. 3. According to a release from Aitkin County Deputy Sheriff Dan Guida, the body was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy and formal identification. Multiple agencies assisted in the extensive search.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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