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Minot police identify woman found last week dead in snow

Barbara Campbell, 73, was not adequately dressed for the weather and no foul play is suspected, according to the Minot Police Department.

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BISMARCK — The Minot Police Department on Monday, April 18, identified the woman who was found dead outside in the snow last week.

Authorities found Barbara Campbell, 73, lying in an area near the Minot post office on Thursday, April 14. Minot Police Cpt. Justin Sundheim said in a release Monday that an investigation indicates Campbell voluntarily laid down in the snow sometime in the evening of Wednesday, April 13, or in the early morning hours of Thursday.

Sundheim said authorities believe she may have been living with mental health challenges, but did not provide further details. She was not adequately dressed for the weather and no foul play is suspected, according to the Minot Police Department.

Last week, a blizzard brought more than two feet of snow to much of western North Dakota, and the storm shut down many businesses and roads for days. Winds were also high amid the snowstorm, with some cities recording winds blowing at more than 60 miles per hour.

Michelle (she/her, English speaker) is a Bismarck-based journalist for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and Report for America, a national service organization that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered topics and communities.
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