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Body of missing woman found in northern Minnesota

KELLIHER, Minn. -- A 32-year-old woman was found dead in a rural northern Minnesota cornfield Friday morning after she apparently died of hypothermia.

KELLIHER, Minn. -- A 32-year-old woman was found dead in a rural northern Minnesota cornfield Friday morning after she apparently died of hypothermia.

Crystal Green of Kelliher was reported missing Tuesday by her family. Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp said Green suffered from a mental illness and is believed to have gone walking in the field Tuesday night. Her body was found Friday at 11:20 a.m. approximately a half-mile from her home. A search party of about 35 people began a looking for Green at about 8 a.m. Friday.

Hodapp said the cause of death is presumed to be hypothermia. An autopsy will be conducted to confirm how Green died.

"It was out of character for her to leave," Hodapp said.

Friends interviewed by investigators Wednesday said they believed Green may have gone to a hotel or casino, Hodapp said, but her cell phone and credit cards were found in her home and nobody had seen her since Tuesday. A subpoena on Green's Facebook account dispelled a belief she had posted it Tuesday night, Hodapp said.

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Green's family had no comment as they watched the search team from inside a garage on the privately owned farmland.

"It's just a sad case," Hodapp said.

The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Kelliher Fire Department, Minnesota State Patrol, border patrol and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Kelliher is about 40 miles north of Bemidji.

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