Forest Lake Man Sentenced for Killing Girlfriend, Leaving Body for 3 Days

Twenty-eight-year-old Lauren Lynch of Forest Lake Photo: Photo: Washington County Sheriff's Office Twenty-eight-year-old Lauren Lynch of Forest Lake

August 05, 2016 03:16 PM

A Forest Lake man has been sentenced to about 30 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend and leaving her body for three days.

Twenty-eight-year-old Lauren Lynch of Forest Lake pleaded guilty April 1 to second-degree murder and was sentenced Monday to 367 months in prison, with credit for 330 days served.


Lynch was arrested in September 2015 as part of an investigation after a woman, identified as 36-year-old Grace Vannorman, was found dead in an apartment building on the 900 block of 12th Street.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called to the apartment at 7:55 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, to check out a foul smell described as possibly being a dead body.

When officers received permission to enter the apartment after no one answered, they found the door was barricaded by a chair leaning up against the door knob. Officers then heard a man, who refused to let them in. He said his girlfriend, who had recently moved in, was at work.

The man eventually ended up coming out of the apartment and placed his hands out, saying he should be handcuffed. He then said, “She’s inside,” and identified himself as Lynch, according to court documents.

During a search of the apartment, Vannorman was found lying near the couch covered in blankets and had a pillow over her head, the criminal complaint states.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office said Vannorman died of homicidal violence.

On Saturday, Sept. 13, Lynch admitted during an interview with police that the two got into a dispute Tuesday, Sept. 8, and it turned violent. Lynch admitted he punched Vannorman in the face, tried to strangle her and put a pillow over her face to suffocate her. He told police he then took a kitchen knife and stabbed her in the neck several times, the complaint states.

Lynch did not call for help and remained with Vannorman's body until he was arrested on that Friday, police say.


Jennie Lissarrague

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