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Woman found dead in snow in central Minnesota

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MOTLEY, Minn. -- A 36-year-old Staples woman was found dead Tuesday in the snow near an apartment complex in Motley.

Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel said Anna Eakle’s body was discovered around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday. He said there was no indication of foul play.

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Motley Police Chief Brian Madison said all but the core part of her body was frozen. According to the National Weather Service, the windchill just after 8 a.m. was 29 degrees below zero.

The woman was last seen by a railroad worker around 4:40 a.m. Tuesday.

“The railroad worker said the woman didn’t seem right,” Madison said. “The woman was not dressed appropriately for the weather. She was wearing a sweatshirt, jeans and tennis shoes.”

The body was found by a resident walking her dog.

Eakle’s body was transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

The sheriff’s office and Motley police are investigating.

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