Cause of death awaited for unidentified woman

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Jane Duden walked her dog Roscoe on a sidewalk where earlier in the morning the body of a young woman was found. "I'm shocked," said Duden, who lives in the neighborhood. "Nothing like that has ever happened here." The cause of the woman's death has yet to be determined.

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Other than a pair of television news crews and a fresh set of gurney tracks in the snow, little evidence remained Wednesday afternoon that a body had been found hours earlier on a sidewalk running past a stately row of homes overlooking W. River Parkway.

The body, reported to police just after 6 a.m., was that of a woman, police said, but it's not yet clear how she died. Investigators are awaiting autopsy results from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, said Jesse Garcia, spokesman for the Minneapolis Police Department.

Homeowners along the 4400 block of Edmund Boulevard were left to speculate.

"The three of us have been wondering, 'What the heck is going on?'" said Vincent James, who lives with his wife and daughter a short distance from 4440 Edmund Blvd., where the body was found. The neighborhood has more traffic than most, he said, because of the parkway. "We tend to get people parked in here doing a lot of things," he said. "It's quiet, dark, and it's a thoroughfare."

A woman who grew up in the house next door to 4440 said she woke up Wednesday morning to emergency lights flashing outside her bedroom. She looked out and saw firefighters standing next to their truck.

"They were just sitting out there with their truck and looking down," said Linda Spallino. The police told her they had found a dead woman on the sidewalk, but didn't know much else, she said.

Edmund runs north and south, just west of W. River Parkway and north of the Ford Parkway Bridge.

"In the winter it's especially quiet here," she said, "just people jogging and walking their dogs."

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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