Body found in Minnesota confirmed to be Carrie Olson

Authorities in Minnesota confirm Carrie Olson of Davenport, Iowa is the woman whose body was found in a field there April 5, 2014.

The sheriff’s office of Dakota County initially reported a landowner found the body of an adult woman at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5 in a wooded area in rural Dakota County, Minnesota.

The body had been there less than 36 hours according to the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office.

A spokesman for Davenport Police confirmed they had been in contact with Dakota County authorities, but he declined to offer any details about that contact.

Carrie Olson was last seen at a Rock Island gas station in December 2013.

In a statement issued Tuesday evening, April 8, 2014, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the body was that of Carrie Olson.  Her date and time of death were officially listed as the time her body was discovered – 5:05 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014.  That could change after autopsy tests are conducted.

Information about the cause of death was not yet released.

In an April 9 statement, Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows said his investigators were working with Davenport and Rock Island Police as the investigation continues.

Investigators from Rock Island and Davenport police departments will travel to Hastings, Minnesota to meet with Dakota County investigators according to an April 9 statement from Donald Schaeffer, Assistant Chief of Davenport Police.

“Once that is accomplished, it should determine which agency is in the best position to proceed with the investigation, and the other two agencies will take supportive roles,” Schaeffer said.

For more of our coverage of Carrie Olson’s disappearance, click here.

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