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After startled cry, UND senior vanishes (Dru Sjodin)
Star Tribune ^ | November 25, 2003 | Chuck Haga and Richard Meryhew

Posted on 11/25/2003 6:14:36 AM PST by maggief

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Dru Sjodin finished her shift at the Victoria's Secret store at 4 p.m. Saturday, then did a little shopping at another store in the Columbia Mall in Grand Forks.

As she walked to her car, the 22-year-old University of North Dakota senior from Pequot Lakes, Minn., used her cell phone to call her boyfriend in the Twin Cities. They talked for about 10 minutes, he later told authorities, until the call ended with a startled cry from Dru:

"Oh, my God! No!"

Nobody has heard from her since.

A few hours later, there was a second brief and voiceless call to her boyfriend, and the signal from her cell phone was tracked to a rural area near Fisher, Minn., 13 miles southeast of Grand Forks.

Throughout the city Monday, people took up her disbelieving cry: "Oh, my God, No!"

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(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota; US: North Dakota
KEYWORDS: alfonsorodriguez; dru; drusjodin; meganslaw; sexoffender; sjodin; victoriasecret
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North Dakota student Dru Sjodin is shown in this undated family photo released Sunday. was reported missing. She was last seen Saturday at the Columbia Mall Parking lot in Grand Forks, N.D. Grand Forks police are investigating to case as an abduction.

...She is 5 feet 5 and weighs 130 pounds. She has frosted blond hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing black slacks, black loafers, a pink and purple V-neck blouse, a black blazer-style jacket and carrying a small black handbag.

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1 posted on 11/25/2003 6:14:36 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggiefluffs
This sounds very much like a stranger abduction. Her father was on the Today show this morning and he looked and sounded numb from the shock.

I hope all freepers in the area keep a good lookout for Dru, and prayers for her safe return.

2 posted on 11/25/2003 6:24:11 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: maggiefluffs
My hypothesis, the boyfriend killed her and made up the entire "oh my god, no!" story.

But I'm forever the cynic. I could be wrong.
3 posted on 11/25/2003 6:28:20 AM PST by Ispy4u
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To: Ispy4u
Given that she was in Grand Forks ND and her boyfriend was in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul MN) when she called him and that cell phone records are easily accessible, I'd say you're wrong on your theory that the boyfriend did it.
4 posted on 11/25/2003 6:31:44 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: runningbear; RGSpincich; Devil_Anse; MaggieMay; Sandylapper; Velveeta; Jackie-O; ...
Ping ...
5 posted on 11/25/2003 6:35:03 AM PST by maggief
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To: Catspaw
I'm often wrong, but I just can't help it when I read about something happening in real life that sounds like it came from a soap opera. Know what I mean?
6 posted on 11/25/2003 6:35:58 AM PST by Ispy4u
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To: Ispy4u
You may want to read the story before you describe it as a "soap opera." Stranger abductions are rare, but they do happen.

Making allegations the boyfriend did it when they were a minimum of 300 miles apart just makes you sound silly.

7 posted on 11/25/2003 6:38:04 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: Ispy4u


November 25, 2003

Search for UND Student Continues

(AP) -- A former boyfriend of 22-year-old Dru Sjodin says it's unlike her to go off without telling anybody.

Twenty-three-year-old Adam Schutz says he'll be among the volunteers joining in the search for the University of North Dakota student tomorrow. Schutz says it's a very difficult time. (snip)

http://www.kxmc.com/news/local.asp?ID=2727


8 posted on 11/25/2003 6:38:18 AM PST by maggief
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To: Ispy4u
I have heard recently of people in parking lots offering to let people smell samples of perfume they are supposedly selling at discount prices.

The samples they are using are really ether which render people unconscious almost immediately.

Everyone, please be careful out there.
9 posted on 11/25/2003 6:41:20 AM PST by freekitty
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To: Catspaw
...Harassing Phone Calls

In new information that could potentially shed some light on the case, authorities have learned that the store had been receiving harassing phone calls from an unknown man shortly before the disappearance. Most of the calls were directed at Sjodin.

Speaking on Good Morning America today, Sjodin's father, Allan Sjodin, said his daughter had not told the family about the phone calls at work.

"She hadn't mentioned the phone calls," said Allan. "She mentioned that another person, a different person, was putting some pressure on her."

According to Allan, the unidentified person had wanted "more out of the relationship than she was willing to give."

Who Was the Caller?

Speaking on Good Morning America today, Sgt. Michael Hedlund said the police department was assuming that the friend who had wanted "more out of" his relationship with Sjodin was not the person calling her workplace. He did, however, warn that it was not possible to make a definitive assumption as yet.
(snip)

http://abcnews.go.com/sections/GMA/US/missing_girl_sjodin031125-1.html
10 posted on 11/25/2003 6:41:33 AM PST by maggief
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To: Catspaw
Keeping Her,

and her Family in our prayers
ping to keep this on top.

r
11 posted on 11/25/2003 6:41:57 AM PST by woerm (student of history)
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To: Catspaw
I agree it sounds silly. I said I am often wrong.

But I can't help getting a feeling of some amount of BS in the story when the last words through the phone are "Oh my god, no!"

Could very well be it happened exactly as he states. I just don't trust anyone that uses soap opera dialogue.

12 posted on 11/25/2003 6:42:27 AM PST by Ispy4u
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To: Ispy4u
I smell boyfriend involvement, too.
13 posted on 11/25/2003 6:42:44 AM PST by JennysCool
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To: Ispy4u; Catspaw
I'm often wrong, but I just can't help it when I read about something happening in real life that sounds like it came from a soap opera. Know what I mean?

I've been that way ever an incident in the news when I was a child. A kid died from eating poisoned "Pixie Stix" Halloween candy, and it raised a big scare about strangers poisoning the treats. As it turns out, the father did it to collect the insurance money. Since then, I've always made the cynical assumption about any news stories I hear.

At least the Elizabeth Smart case didn't come out the way I predicted...
14 posted on 11/25/2003 6:44:32 AM PST by beezdotcom
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To: JennysCool
I always seem to get a tingling sensation on the back of my neck when things are described like they happened in a soap opera.

15 posted on 11/25/2003 6:45:28 AM PST by Ispy4u
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To: Ispy4u
Did you read the story? The boyfriend in question was in the Twin Cities area. She was in Grand Forks ND, a distance of 300+ miles. Please explain how he was able to transport himself to Grand Forks, abduct her and return to the Cities, all the while having cell phone contact with her while never leaving the Cities.
16 posted on 11/25/2003 6:45:59 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: Catspaw
I'm not a psychic, I just get the odd feeling that something isn't kosher with the story. I don't have any power to convict the guy, but I don't have to take what he says as absolute truth.

I can't explain why I distrust the story any further than saying that "Oh, my god!, No!" is a little too convinient for me.

17 posted on 11/25/2003 6:48:06 AM PST by Ispy4u
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To: maggiefluffs
How you might help


Published November 25, 2003 DRUBX

Anyone with information about Dru Sjodin's disappearance can contact the Grand Forks Police Department at 701-780-8213.

Her family has put up a $20,000 reward.

Volunteers who want to help search for her should report to Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks beginning at 7:30 a.m. today. Searchers should bring identification and will be transported to search areas by bus.

http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/4231910.html
18 posted on 11/25/2003 6:49:59 AM PST by maggief
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To: Ispy4u
You may want to read the story in post #10.

But you still haven't explained the logistics of getting the boyfriend from the Cities to Grand Forks and back to the Cities during a short phone call.

19 posted on 11/25/2003 6:50:21 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: maggiefluffs
Thanks for posting the article Maggie. It gives you that sick feeling when things like this happen. From your article, this young woman's mother is asking for prayers.

Praying for Dru's family and the safe return of Dru.
20 posted on 11/25/2003 6:51:34 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: Catspaw
I didn't mean to imply that my hypothesis was fact. I agree with you already that it is impossible for him to travel that far that fast.

However convinient language in strange situations makes me disbelieve that the story is as implied.

The boy may be completely innocent, he may have hired someone to do it, she may be faking her dissapearance, or any combination above. I don't know.

But those four words, as stated, make me suspicious.
21 posted on 11/25/2003 6:54:00 AM PST by Ispy4u
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To: Ispy4u
Maybe the boyfriend hired someone to off her.
22 posted on 11/25/2003 6:58:05 AM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: Velveeta
Odd, I find the story horrible and probably true. I think she was walking and a man was at her car hiding with a gun and that caused the exclamation. My heart hurts for her parents. Young women ought to be excorted to their cars. I just hate it when my own are out alone late at nite.
23 posted on 11/25/2003 6:59:06 AM PST by cajungirl (no)
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To: Fred Mertz
Is it just me or her last words just a little too perfect for the situation?
24 posted on 11/25/2003 7:00:24 AM PST by Ispy4u
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To: Catspaw
Someone was on the other end of the phone. I'm sure the cops are checking the boyfriend's alibi.
25 posted on 11/25/2003 7:00:45 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: Ispy4u
I'll give you a hand.  The police have two other suspects.  One of them made harassing phone calls to her at work, a person with a "foreign accent."  The other was "putting pressure on her" because he wanted "more out of the relationship than she was willing to give." 

Harassing Phone Calls

In new information that could potentially shed some light on the case, authorities have learned that the store had been receiving harassing phone calls from an unknown man shortly before the disappearance. Most of the calls were directed at Sjodin.

Speaking on Good Morning America today, Sjodin's father, Allan Sjodin, said his daughter had not told the family about the phone calls at work.

"She hadn't mentioned the phone calls," said Allan. "She mentioned that another person, a different person, was putting some pressure on her."

According to Allan, the unidentified person had wanted "more out of the relationship than she was willing to give."

Who Was the Caller?

Speaking on Good Morning America today, Sgt. Michael Hedlund said the police department was assuming that the friend who had wanted "more out of" his relationship with Sjodin was not the person calling her workplace. He did, however, warn that it was not possible to make a definitive assumption as yet.

"We don't know a whole lot of details on the calls yet," said Hedlund. "Our understanding [is that] there was a subject with a foreign accent — we don't know what nationality — and a majority of the calls requested Dru by name. Whether she actually even spoke to the subject, we're not sure."

Police have sent some items from Sjodin's car to a crime lab for analysis and have expanded the search to include civilian volunteers.

The police have also been using helicopters, all-terrain vehicles, horses and dogs to search fields near Grand Forks as well as the area around Fisher. Landowners have been asked to check their properties.

26 posted on 11/25/2003 7:01:26 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: Catspaw
I've already read all of that. I find none of it calming my feeling about those "too perfect" last words.

Like I said, I could be dead wrong. But there's something about someone saying just the right thing that makes me wonder.
27 posted on 11/25/2003 7:04:27 AM PST by Ispy4u
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To: cajungirl
My heart hurts for her parents.

Mine too. She's been missing since Saturday, doesn't sound good.

28 posted on 11/25/2003 7:06:34 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: Ispy4u
Why don't you tell me what she should've said when she was dragged out of her car? What would be the appropriate words to say when one is abducted?
29 posted on 11/25/2003 7:06:50 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: JennysCool
I smell boyfriend involvement, too.

Almost certainly correct.

But, is there more than one?

30 posted on 11/25/2003 7:08:50 AM PST by Jim Noble
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To: Catspaw
FWIW, it sounds fishy to me, too. But I'm sure the cops will check the boyfriend's phone records, whereabouts. And if the boyfriend has nothing to hide, he'll co-operate. Statistics show that most murder victims know their attacker. The boyfriend's a reasonable suspect.
31 posted on 11/25/2003 7:09:30 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: freekitty
people in parking lots offering to let people smell samples of perfume they are supposedly selling at discount prices.

Another technique would-be assailants use is to approach a woman who just got into her car, tap on the window, wave some money and say, "You dropped this." When she rolls down the window to express her gratitude and take the bill, he makes his move.

32 posted on 11/25/2003 7:10:14 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: Catspaw
Also check out the blurb in post #8.
33 posted on 11/25/2003 7:11:00 AM PST by maggief
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To: mewzilla
See post #26. There are two other suspects, one that wanted more out of the relationship that she was willing to give and another who was making harassing phone calls to her at her place of work.
34 posted on 11/25/2003 7:11:21 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: Catspaw
Was she carrying? Has anyone noticed how the media rarely if ever mentions the fact that a crime victim was unarmed?
35 posted on 11/25/2003 7:11:28 AM PST by rudy45
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To: maggiefluffs
We have two young women in our area that were abducted from parking lots within the past 7-8 years. They've never been found. One of them, Laurie Depies, looks very much like Dru.
36 posted on 11/25/2003 7:14:29 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: Ispy4u
But those four words, as stated, make me suspicious.

What if it was stated more like "OMG!!!NOOO!!!!" than "Oh my God, no!"

Sound a bit more natural that way?

37 posted on 11/25/2003 7:15:26 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: maggiefluffs
Terrible, terrible.

That second phone call reminds me of when poor Alice Donovan, who was abducted in a Wal-mart parking lot, called her daughter, apparently while her abductors were holding her.

This poor girl worked for Victoria's Secret. That is a legitimate job, but I could see where a women's fancy undies store might attract some creeps. I hope the police are investigating the creepy caller to the store--and also the person who "wanted more out of a relationship with her."
38 posted on 11/25/2003 7:16:24 AM PST by Devil_Anse
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To: maggiefluffs
Sorry, Laurie Depies disappeared 11 years ago. It just doesn't seem that long.

http://www.wisinfo.com/postcrescent/news/archive/local_12064152.shtml
39 posted on 11/25/2003 7:16:39 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: Catspaw
Generally a real surprise shocking enough for someone to think "OMG,no!" usually is verballized with a shriek or a scream.
40 posted on 11/25/2003 7:19:57 AM PST by Ispy4u
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To: Catspaw
Dru Sjodin, 22, has been missing since she was last seen walking to her car at a Grand Forks, N.D., mall parking lot.
41 posted on 11/25/2003 7:20:57 AM PST by maggief
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To: Devil_Anse
That is a legitimate job, but I could see where a women's fancy undies store might attract some creeps.

I worked in a hosiery store at one time, and the stocking fetishists made obscene phone calls regularly.

Yeah, it's a legitimate job. The problem is that the creeps think that a legitimate part of that legitimate job is helping them out with their masturbation fantasies.

42 posted on 11/25/2003 7:21:50 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: Ispy4u
How do you know she didn't scream? It's impossible to tell from the story.
43 posted on 11/25/2003 7:22:09 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: Catspaw
Then why didn't the boyfriend say that he heard her scream? The reporter quoted him as saying that the last he heard was "OMG, No!".
44 posted on 11/25/2003 7:23:49 AM PST by Ispy4u
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To: Catspaw
Why don't you tell me what she should've said when she was dragged out of her car? What would be the appropriate words to say when one is abducted?

I see you're trying to make friends again.

45 posted on 11/25/2003 7:24:27 AM PST by Hacksaw
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To: hellinahandcart
See my #40
46 posted on 11/25/2003 7:24:30 AM PST by Ispy4u
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To: Ispy4u
My hypothesis, the boyfriend killed her and made up the entire "oh my god, no!" story.

Then he's dumber than dirt because both cell phones should have not only records of the calls, but where the phones were when the calls were made.

47 posted on 11/25/2003 7:27:12 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy, and Bush is no conservative)
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To: Ispy4u
I find it odd that the boyfriend didn't immediately call the police.
48 posted on 11/25/2003 7:28:04 AM PST by Jrabbit
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To: from occupied ga
Look back through history and you will find millions upon millions of criminals who qualify for the title, "dumber than dirt".
49 posted on 11/25/2003 7:29:24 AM PST by Ispy4u
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To: Jrabbit
There is something not quite right with this story.
50 posted on 11/25/2003 7:29:54 AM PST by Ispy4u
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