Morris student still missing

Laura Schwendemann was last seen on Oct. 14 at a gas station in Alexandria, Minn.

by Nick Wicker

A University of Minnesota-Morris  student has been missing for more than a week, according to local law enforcement officials. 
Laura Schwendemann, an 18-year-old from Starbuck, Minn., was last seen Oct. 14 at a Holiday Gas Station in Alexandria, Minn., according to a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office press release. 
Officials said in a press release Wednesday they do not think she left voluntarily. 
Both the Douglas and Pope County Sheriff’s Offices have conducted ground and air searches in a number of townships nearby, a Saturday release said. 
An earlier release asked area hunters and farmers to report any unusual activity to the police. 
Investigators have spoken with a male subject who was last seen with Schwendemann at a gas station.
Officials believe Schwendemann may have been near a blue house with a three-foot-tall statue that night, which marks the “general area” of their search, but police have yet to find the house, the release said.