by Mike Knaak
A woman found dead near a walking trail at St. John’s University died as a result of a suicide, according to the Stearns County sheriff’s office.
Walkers on the trail reported finding the body of a 31-year-old woman about 4:30 p.m. March 9.
The woman was not a member of the St. John’s student body or staff and is not affiliated with the university, according to the sheriff’s office.
“We can assure you there is no threat to the safety and wellbeing of any St. John’s/St.Bens’ students, staff, visitors or community members,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
The investigation is continuing. The sheriff’s office is working with the Ramsey County medical examiner to officially determine the cause and manner of death.