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Name: Dru Sjodin
Height: 5' 5" Weight: 130 pounds
Hair: Frosted Blond Eyes: Blue
Last Seen: She was last seen wearing black slacks, black loafers, a pink and purple V-neck blouse, a black blazer-style jacket and a small black handbag.

Circumstances of Dru's Disappearance.

Dru was last seen late Saturday afternoon, as she was leaving the Columbia Mall in Grand Forks where she worked. Her mother, Linda Walker, said her daughter was talking to her boyfriend in Minneapolis on her cell phone about 5 p.m. Saturday when he heard her say, "Oh, my God," before the phone went dead.

The boyfriend called Sjodin's roommate to ask about her after a second call about three hours later that lasted only about a minute, with no conversation. The roommate called police after Sjodin did not show up for her 9 p.m. shift as a waitress in a Grand Forks bar.

Police traced the second call from Sjodin's cell phone to the area near Fisher. Police said the cell phone signal put it within about five miles of the tower near Fisher from about 8 p.m. Saturday until the signal faded out 24 hours later.

Police said Sjodin's red car was found in a Columbia Mall parking lot with a package inside that she apparently had bought at the mall. They found no sign of a struggle.


There is a $140,000 Reward for information leading to Dru's return.

Grand Forks Police Dept. 701-787-8000

Dru's Tip's Line 701-780-8213

[email protected]

Dru's Web Site.



Let us all keep our eyes and ears open for anything that may help find Dru Sjodin.

Our hearts go out to Dru and her family in this time of need.

Gods speed to Dru's return to her family.

Ed "Backwater Eddy" Carlson

Backwater Guiding
"ED on the RED"
[email protected]

[This message has been edited by Backwater Eddy (edited 11-30-2003).]

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At 7:20 p.m. on 01 December 2003, law enforcement officers arrested Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., age 50, of Crookston Minnesota on a warrant issued by the Grand Forks States Attorney’s Office and signed in Grand Forks District Court for the charge of Kidnapping, a Class A Felony in North Dakota. Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. is being held at the Tri-County Correctional Center in Crookston Minnesota.

Out of respect for the Sjodin family and in the interest of the integrity of the investigation, no further information will be released at this time. All agencies involved are working to find Dru and continuing the investigation.

Anyone with information that may assist in locating Dru Sjodin or who may have information regarding this abduction should call the Grand Forks Police Department Tip Line at 701-780-8213.

A press briefing will be held in the lobby of the Grand Forks Police Department at 11:00 am CST on Tuesday, 2 December 2003. No additional information will be released until this press briefing.

Release issued: 8:15 p.m. Monday, December 1, 2003

Release prepared by: Captain Michael Kirby

[This message has been edited by Backwater Eddy (edited 12-02-2003).]

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