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Death of Outing woman likely a homicide

AITKIN, Minn. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say the death of a northeastern Minnesota woman who had been missing for nearly two weeks appears to be a homicide.

Authorities had been searching for 35-year-old Michelle Mary Mae, of Outing, since her family reported her missing Oct. 3. Her body was found Tuesday on some rural property near Swatara where deputies executed a search warrant.

A 34-year-old man who lives on the property was arrested for a probation violation Oct. 5, a day after Mae’s SUV was found. Swatara is about 30 miles south of Grand Rapids.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner, which conducted the autopsy, has ruled Mae’s death is likely a homicide. Officials are still waiting for toxicology test results.

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