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Missing 27-year-old pregnant woman found dead in Minnesota's Chippewa National Forest

Kara Blevins

AKELEY, Minn. -- Hope turned to sorrow for those searching for a missing pregnant woman found Saturday night in the Chippewa National Forest by Cass County Sheriff’s Office personnel.

The body of Kara Blevins, 27, of Akeley, was located in the wooded area of Shingobee Township in Cass County at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17.

“We have positive identification that was made by the medical examiner,” Burch said Sunday about the body’s discovery near Akeley, where Blevins was last seen almost two weeks ago.

An autopsy was scheduled with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.

“Nothing at the scene would indicate foul play,” Burch said. “The investigation is pending until we get the results of the autopsy. The preliminaries should be done within a day, but then toxicology could take up to a month.”

Blevins was reported missing Feb. 5 from a home on the Howard Lake Road. Extensive investigations, ground and air searches were done in the days following.

“We then had received a report from the public,” Burch said. “A party basically exercising his dog, walking his dog, just had seen some tracks, so we checked on that.”

The tracks led to the body’s discovery by authorities.

The Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Akeley Police Department and Minnesota State Patrol assisted with the investigation.

“It’s just an extremely tragic event, and it’s very difficult for the family and the community to deal with,” Burch said.