UPDATE 10/27/15 – The family has confirmed that a body found by a farmer in Orange Township in a field he was harvesting Monday afternoon belongs to Laura.
UPDATE 10/25/15 – Today we found out that the statue with the blue coat and red hat is of a little boy.
The Holiday gas station on 50th Avenue in Alexandria, Minn. is the last place investigators can “independently confirm” where Laura was because of a surveillance video. The video shows her leaving the gas station around 9:30 p.m. with a man she already knew, in a black Geo Prism with loud exhaust.
Police also stated: “He is a focus of this investigation. As the last known person to be with Laura, he continues to be a person that we are interested in and are investigating.”
Original Story: Authorities are asking for help to find a Minnesota woman they believe has been abducted. Laura Schwendemann, 18, a freshman at the University of Minnesota-Morris went missing from Kensington on Oct. 14. Schwendemann was last seen at a Holiday gas station on 5th Avenue in Alexandria at 9:29 p.m. The investigation leads police to believe that she did not leave on her own free will.
|Another photo of Laura with red hair
The sheriff’s offices are also asking the public for help in identifying a “blue colored residence with a statue approximately three feet tall near the end of the driveway. The statue (police stated on 10/25/15 that the status is of a boy) is described as having blue clothing and a red hat. This location is only being sought as a general area the missing person may have been observed.”
Hunters, farmers and property owners are asked to keep an eye out for any signs of someone on their property.