Melrose woman found dead

Clara Pundsack, an 83-year-old woman missing from Melrose since Thursday late afternoon, was found dead Friday near a farm in Melrose.

The owner of the farm found Pundsack about 200 feet from her vehicle at around 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Pundsack was last seen leaving her Melrose home at about 4 p.m. on Thursday in her minivan. According to police, it appears her van got stuck in a snow bank and she got out to look for help.

The cause of her death is still unknown. An autopsy will be performed by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.

According to media and police reports, Pundsack’s’ family said she had a history of dementia. Foul play is not suspected. Stay tuned as details develop.

Earlier on Friday, authorities issued a missing persons alert for Pundsack.

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