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Claim: A 22-year-old University of North Dakota student named Dru Sjodin is missing.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
Origins: About 5:00 PM on the afternoon of 22 November 2003, Dru Sjodin, a 22-year-old University of North Dakota student, finished her shift at Victoria's Secret at the Columbia Mall in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and was talking to her boyfriend on her cell phone as she walked to her car in the mall parking lot. The call ended abruptly (her last words were reportedly "No, no, no, ok, ok, ok" or "Oh, my God"), Dru failed to turn up for her second job as a waitress at a bar later that day, and she hasn't been seen since. Her car was later found in the mall parking lot with the driver's side door locked and the passenger's side door unlocked. The items she had purchased at the mall after work were left either in or around the car, according to Sjodin's mother and friends.
A second call was made from Dru's cell phone to her boyfriend about three hours after her disappearance, but the call consisted only of static and the sound of numbers being pressed.
Dru's family had set up a web site with photographs of Dru, the number of a tip line, and other information at http://www.finddru.com. Dru Sjodin was
On 1 December 2003, police arrested Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., 50, in Crookston, Minnesota, on kidnapping charges related to Dru's disappearance. A knife and blood matching her type were found in the trunk of his car, and blood and a knife sheath were reportedly found in the parking lot of the mall from which Dru disappeared. In September 2006, a North Dakota jury sentenced him to death.
On 17 April 2004, the body of Dru Sjodin was found just west of Crookston, Minnesota, near the Minakwa Country Club golf course.
Last updated: 30 September 2007
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