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After agonizing search for Danielle Jelinek, 'closure'

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When Danielle Jelinek disappeared last December, family and friends held out hope they would find her alive.

As the five-month search for the Cottage Grove native dragged on, for some that hope turned to an aching wish to just find her.


The search for Jelinek, 27, ended Friday when local and state law enforcement found her body in a swamp just a few hundred yards from where she was last seen, the home of her ex-boyfriend Aaron Schnagl in rural Chisago Lakes Township.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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