La Crescent, MN (KROC-AM News) - There was a sad ending to a weekend search for a missing elderly woman in Houston County.

Sheriff Mark Inglett says the Houston County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a missing 78-year-old woman early yesterday. The report came in around 3 AM and indicated the missing woman had left her residence in a rural area just west of La Crescent on foot sometime after she went to bed Saturday evening.

A search of the home and surrounding areas failed to locate the woman and a more extensive search was ordered. Sheriff Inglett says a State Patrol helicopter located her body in a swamped wooded area near the home around noon.

The cause of the woman’s death remains under investigation. The Sheriff says her name and other details about the case cannot be released at this time.

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