Medical Examiner Confirms Body Found Near Minnesota River that of Missing Burnsville Woman

April 26, 2018 12:33 PM

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has officially identified the body found near the Minnesota River underneath the Interstate 35W bridge Sunday as being that of a missing Burnsville woman.

The medical examiner confirmed Thursday just before noon the body has been identified as 41-year-old Elizabeth Perrault, of Burnsville, which family confirmed to KSTP Wednesday.

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The circumstances surrounding Perrault's death remain under investigation, according to the Burnsville Police Department.

"Our thoughts go out to the family of this individual," Burnsville Police Chief Eric Gieseke said in a statement. "Any loss of life is a tragedy, and we are allocating all of the resources necessary in this investigation to determine what happened."

Wednesday, authorities confirmed additional details in the case.

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Perrault, who had been missing for roughly six months, was likely the victim of violence, authorities said.

A passerby discovered Perrault's body, which was encased in a 500-pound chunk of ice, in a holding pond near the river. Authorities said they were waiting for the human remains to thaw before making a positive identification; however, relatives said the body found was Perrault.

Perrault was reported missing in December and the boyfriend with whom she had been living told investigators he had last seen her in November. In a warrant, authorities stated the boyfriend's story changed as weeks went by.

Authorities have been investigating the case as a "highly suspicious death."

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