Body Found in Aitkin County, Now a Homicide Investigation

A body found in Aitkin County is believed to be that of missing Outing woman, Michelle Mae. A body found in Aitkin County is believed to be that of missing Outing woman, Michelle Mae. |  Photo: Cass County Sheriff's Office

Updated: October 16, 2019 05:10 PM

Investigators with the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office believe they've located the body of Michelle Mae of Outing, Minnesota, who has been missing since October 3, and the medical examiner's preliminary findings have concluded that the likely cause of death is homicide. 


Around 1:30 Tuesday afternoon, authorities located a deceased person on a private property near Swatara. The body was found in an "area of interest," however the Aitkin County Sheriff declined to disclose the location.

Mae was reported missing after her family had no contact with her since October 3rd. Her vehicle was located in Aitkin County near Swatara, southwest of Hill City.

The deceased individual has been taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office for autopsy and formal identification. Additional information will be available once that process and family notification is complete.

The Aitkin County Sheriff's Office is being assisted in its investigation into Mae's disappearance by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Cass County Sheriff's Office, and the Aitkin and St. Louis County search and rescue personnel. This has been an extremely extensive search and we appreciate the cooperation from all the assisting agencies.

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