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LATEST NEWS: Authorities believe they've found body of missing Thief River Falls woman in submerged car

UPDATED 6:34 p.m.

Gina Anderson

UPDATED 6:34 p.m.

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. - Gina Lin Anderson's car was found here this afternoon in the Red Lake River.

According to authorities, the 2002 Pontiac Sunfire was found in the Red Lake River near First Street East and Sherwood Avenue in Thief River Falls. Officers searching the river by boat located the vehicle.

Law enforcement informed the family that they believe Anderson's body was found in the vehicle.

Anderson, 33, of Thief River Falls, was last seen Oct. 23, 2008, leaving her home. She left behind her purse and anti-seizure medication.


The recovery of the vehicle was due to a decision to draw down the Red Lake River, which began on Monday.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Crime Lab was enroute to Thief River Falls to process the vehicle, according to a news release from the Pennington County Law Enforcement Center.

The car was taken to the city shop to be processed. About 20 law enforcement officials were at the shop, and the doors had to be pried open. Thief River Falls Police Chief Kim Murphy would not confirm was found inside the vehicle.

The Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald and The Forum are both owned by Forum Communications Co.

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