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BREAKING NEWS: Owatonna death ruled homicide

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The young woman found Tuesday night behind the Steele County Administration Building on Florence Avenue was shot to death, Owatonna Police said today.

She is identified as Sabrina Lee Schnoor, 25, of Elysian.

Authorities said she died of a single gunshot wound in what they believe was a targeted attack.

No suspect(s) were mentioned; the press release says the investigation remains active and ongoing.

The call came in at 10:01 p.m. for a “suicidal party” lying under the bridge near the Canadian Pacific Railroad tracks that run through that area, according to scanner traffic.

Owatonna Police responded; while still en route, they were told the woman wasn’t breathing.

The area where she was found is tucked away under an overpass for Interstate 35; it’s been used as a homeless encampment, as evidenced by clothing and other items that remained there Wednesday morning.

Officers arrived and were waved down in order to find the location; the woman was pronounced dead 5 minutes after the initial call.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting in the investigation.

If you have any information about the incident, you’re asked to contact Detective Christian Berg at (507) 774- 7220.


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