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Missing woman’s body is found encased in 500lb block of ice

The body of a Minnesota woman who was missing for six months has been found encased in a 500lb block of ice.

Elizabeth Perrault, 41, disappeared on November 1. The mother-of-three’s body was found five miles from her apartment in Burnsville.

A passerby spotted a body in 6ft of water in a small pond near the Minnesota River last Sunday.

The body of Elizabeth Perrault, 41, was found encased in a 500lb block of ice. The mother-of-three had been missing since November

A passerby spotted Perrault's body in 6ft of water in a small pond near the Minnesota River last Sunday. The ice is being defrosted slowly in an attempt to preserve evidence 

A passerby spotted Perrault’s body in 6ft of water in a small pond near the Minnesota River last Sunday. The ice is being defrosted slowly in an attempt to preserve evidence 

‘We had to cut her out. That chunk was about 500 pounds,’ Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie told the Star Tribune. 

‘It was quite the recovery operation.’ 

The ice is being defrosted slowly in an attempt to preserve evidence and prevent decomposition. 

A cause of death has not yet been released but police described Perrault’s death as ‘highly suspicious’.

Investigators found a large ‘significant stain’ on a carpet in her apartment that had soaked into the floor and tested positive for blood. 

Perrault lived with her boyfriend, who told police that he last saw her in November when she left with two women to go to a treatment facility.

A cause of death has not yet been released but police described Perrault's disappearance as 'unexplained and highly suspicious'

A cause of death has not yet been released but police described Perrault’s disappearance as ‘unexplained and highly suspicious’

Perrault lived with her boyfriend, who told police that he last saw her in November when she left with two women to go to a treatment facility

Perrault lived with her boyfriend, who told police that he last saw her in November when she left with two women to go to a treatment facility

Investigators found a large 'significant stain' on a carpet in her apartment that had soaked into the floor and tested positive for blood

Investigators found a large ‘significant stain’ on a carpet in her apartment that had soaked into the floor and tested positive for blood

Authorities said Perrault's body had been in the ice for a long time and that she likely died in November or December

Authorities said Perrault’s body had been in the ice for a long time and that she likely died in November or December

Friends and family members revealed that Perrault had struggled with alcoholism over the years.

But authorities said that Perrault’s boyfriend’s story changed as the weeks went by, according to KSTP. 

Authorities began investigating Perrault’s disappearance on February 22 after two friends reported that she was missing. 

Her apartment manager said that the last time he saw Perrault she looked ‘sick’. He guessed that she must have weighed ’85 pounds’.

Perrault’s last picture on Facebook, posted in June, shows that she was receiving chemotherapy at the time. 

Authorities said Perrault’s body had been in the ice for a long time and that she likely died in November or December. 

Perrault's apartment manager said she looked 'sick' and guessed that she must have weighed '85 pounds' during the last time he saw her

Perrault’s apartment manager said she looked ‘sick’ and guessed that she must have weighed ’85 pounds’ during the last time he saw her

Friends have since launched a GoFundMe campaign to support Perrault’s children, who live with their father. 

It describes Perrault as ‘one of the most giving and down to earth people you will ever meet’.  

‘She had an infectious laugh and a sense of humor like no other. Her huge passion for life allowed her to experience so many different things.’ 

‘Elizabeth left a path of human kindness wherever she went and with whomever she met. Her children are so much like her in so many ways, they will definitely be her legacy.’ 

‘Elizabeth loved deeply and without conditions. She will be sadly missed.’ 

Authorities began investigating Perrault's disappearance on February 22 after two friends reported that she was missing

Authorities began investigating Perrault’s disappearance on February 22 after two friends reported that she was missing



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