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Body of missing Jamestown woman found

The body of a missing Jamestown woman was found at 11:10 a.m. today by a snowmobiler.

Ruby Grenz, 78, had been missing since Tuesday evening, when she left the Second Avenue Salon, and was found in the northwest part of Jamestown just behind Border States Paving, according to the Jamestown Police Department.

“It looks like she just drove up there and got stuck,” Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger said.

Her vehicle was among some equipment owned by Border States, which made it hard to see from the air because it matched the color of the snow, Edinger said. While it did not appear there had been an accident, the van Grenz was driving was stuck.

“There’s just barely a road into there, and there’s quite a bit of snow,” Edinger said.

Grenz’s death remains under investigation.

“We want to thank everybody that’s helped out with the search,” Edinger said.

He praised the many people and organizations involved in the search for Grenz, which included the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office, Jamestown Rural Fire Department, Jamestown Fire Department, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the regional drug task force, the Civil Air Patrol and other law enforcement agencies around the region, as well as the American Red Cross and the public at large.

“There’s been a lot of people who just took the time to go out and drive around and look,” Edinger said. “There were a lot of private parties that went around and did that. We’ll never know who they are.”

Kari Lucin

Kari Lucin joined the Grand Forks Herald as a multimedia producer in August 2014. Previously, she worked for a few years at the Jamestown Sun in Jamestown, N.D., as a staff writer, and prior to that, for about six years as staff writer and later online content coordinator, at the Daily Globe in Worthington, Minn. A graduate of Jackson County Central High School and Augsburg College, she has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English. Find more of her writing at her blog, Oh Look, a Shiny Thing! or on Twitter at @karilucin.

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