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Cops Find Body in Backseat of Minnesota Woman's Crashed Car Whose Death 'Not a Result' of Accident: Police

Minnesota Woman Arrested After Dead Body Found in Car Following Crash
Source: MEGA

A dead body was found in the back of a car at a crash scene, but the death didn't happen during the crash, authorities said.

Jun. 30 2024, Updated 2:02 p.m. ET

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A woman was arrested after authorities in Minnesota found a dead body in her car after an unrelated traffic accident.

The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to the scene of a single-vehicle crash on eastbound Interstate 90 near the Highway 42 exit in Eyota at around 7 a.m. on June 22.

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They arrived to find the driver, 32-year-old Margot Lewis, outside the vehicle being assisted by a passerby.

While checking to see if anyone else was in the vehicle, deputies found the body of a woman in the backseat.

The sheriff's office said the condition of the body was "suspicious," and it was "immediately apparent that the death was not a result of the motor vehicle accident."

Lewis was transported by Eyota Ambulance Service to the hospital.

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After she was medically cleared, she was arrested and transported to the Adult Detention Center on a charge of interference with a dead body.

The deceased woman was identified as 35-year-old Liara Tsai of Minneapolis.

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Authorities did not release details on the cause or manner of Tsai's death. The investigation is ongoing.

"Olmsted County Sheriff's Office extends sincere condolences to the friends and family of the deceased," the sheriff's office said.

TMX contributed to this report.

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