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Published August 28, 2012, 10:15 AM

Homicide investigation underway in Thief River Falls after body found

Thief River Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - A homicide investigation is underway after a woman's body was found near the Red Lake River in the Smiley Township. The Pennington County sheriff's department is confirming that the body found is that of 40 year-old Tanya Marie Kazmierczak of Thief River Falls.

By: Melanie Orlins, WDAZ, WDAY

Thief River Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - A homicide investigation is underway after a woman's body was found near the Red Lake River in the Smiley Township. The Pennington County sheriff's department is confirming that the body found is that of 40 year-old Tanya Marie Kazmierczak of Thief River Falls.

Kazmierczak had been reported missing since early Sunday morning. Although no suspects have been listed at this time, neighbors and friends of Kazmierczak say it isn't like her to wander off alone.

The town is in a state of shock, a loving mother, wife, and sister is dead after missing for nearly 24 hours. Friends say they last saw her Friday night.

Sheryl Vorel – Close Friend: "She texted us on Friday and she was having a bonfire on Friday night (and then you didn't see her after that and her family hasn't seen her) nope, nope."

When her husband woke up at 6 AM Saturday with Kazmierczak nowhere to be found, he immediately knew something was wrong.

Sheryl Vorel: "That's when everything went to hell over here, everything just blew up."

People in the Smiley Township say police cars were parked in the boat dock next to the Smiley Bridge all day Sunday when the discovery was made. Neighbors and community members say these streets were packed on Saturday night as they searched for their neighbor, but now they're left with many unanswered questions.

Sheryl Vorel: "We don't know why this happened, why it happened to her is unbelievable because she was the sweetest person you could ever ask for."

More than 200 people came out and searched.

Darlene Trahan – Live in Neighborhood: "A bunch of people over there, a bunch of people out front there looking for her everywhere on Saturday."

People are now teaming up, sticking together, so this doesn't happen to anyone else.

Sheryl Vorel: "It's not a situation we take lightly now, and so we're going to be on our guard."

Anyone with information is being asked to call the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office at 218-681-6161.

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