Student’s autopsy finds drugs

A man told authorities he hid the passed-out body of Morris student Laura Schwendemann.

Benjamin Farniok

The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Anoka County found traces of two different drugs in the body of Laura Schwendemann, an 18-year-old University of Minnesota-Morris student who was found dead in an Orange Township, Minn., farm field in October. 
 
In a Monday press release, the office listed use of methamphetamine and THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, as a “significant condition” contributing to Schwendemann’s death. The cause and time of her death are still unknown.
 
A 21-year-old man from Starbuck, Minn., told authorities he panicked and hid Schwendemann’s body in a cornfield after she overdosed, the Star Tribune reported. He could face up to a year in prison for concealing the body.
 
Earlier this year, Minnesota passed an amnesty law that protects people from prosecution for drug possession if a medical emergency is reported.
 
Schwendemann was last seen alive at a Holiday gas station in Alexandria, Minn., before she went missing Oct. 14. Douglas and Pope County sheriff’s offices conducted ground and air searches in a number of townships nearby.
 
A farmer found her body in a field southeast of Alexandria, Minn. Police identified her body on Oct. 30.