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Alexius J. McMullin, who is wanted in Washington and Hennepin Counties, is suspected to be with the missing 14-year-old. (Submitted photo)

Friend shocked by teenager's sudden disappearance


Angela Tschida, the 14-year-old Cottage Grove girl who police think left town with a 36-year-old sex offender, gave friends no indication she was troubled or planning to run, said friend Cole Bertram.

"She seemed normal," Bertram said. "She seemed happy."

Bertram said Tschida had a lot of friends and was in frequent contact with them before she left.

"I have a text from her almost every day saying 'Hey, what's up,' or 'Hey, what are you doing?'" Bertram said.

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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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