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Cops: Body found in Minn. river ID'd as missing woman

Abbey Russell

Washington County Sheriff via CBS Minnesota

STILLWATER, Minn. -- A body pulled from the St. Croix River Saturday has reportedly been identified as 24-year-old Abbey Russell, a woman who had been missing from her Stillwater, Minnesota home for a week.

The body was found in the river just north of downtown Stillwater, northeast of St. Paul, reports CBS Minnesota. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office made the identification, announced Sunday in a statement by the The Washington County Sheriff's Office.

No foul play is suspected in Russell's death. However, the medical examiner's full statement has yet to be released, pending a toxicology report, reports the station.

Russell was last seen at her Stillwater home around midnight Saturday, the station reported.

The Duluth News Tribune reported that Russell, a server at a pub in downtown Stillwater, went out with friends after work on April 24, but returned to her home around 8 p.m. She reportedly declined when she received a text message from her friend asking her to go out that night, saying she had to work a double shift beginning at 9 a.m.

Sometime after midnight, her roommate was awakened by Russell's phone ringing numerous times, but the woman was nowhere to be found, reports the paper.

Russell is originally from western Wisconsin and moved to Stillwater a few weeks ago from Pensacola, Fla., her father, Ken Russell, told the paper.

Crews conducted ground, water and air searches since the disappearance, using sonar and dive teams to search the St. Croix River.