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UPDATE: Sheriff's Office releases name of woman murdered in Lewiston

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Tasha Lynn Hanson Tasha Lynn Hanson
Kyle Allers Kyle Allers
135 South Fremont St., Lewiston 135 South Fremont St., Lewiston

The Winona County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the woman found dead in the woods near Lewiston early Sunday morning. 24-year-old Tasha Lynn Hanson was found dead in a wooded area around 12:30 Saturday morning.

Soon after, a 23-year-old man, Kyle Allers, was taken into custody on probable cause of 2nd degree intentional murder. He is currently in the Winona County Jail, pending his first court appearance on Monday.

"The investigation began on Friday, May 13 at 6:22 p.m. after a caller provided information about a possible homicide," said Sheriff Ganrude in a statement to reporters. "Based on information developed during the course of the investigation, law enforcement personnel began a search for the woman around  8 p.m. Friday.  A woman's body was discovered at approximately 12:35 a.m. Saturday in a wooded area about three-quarters of a mile off the road near the intersection of County Road 25 and County Road 23 east of Lewiston."

Sheriff Ganrude said Hanson's body was taken to the Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner's Office in Rochester for formal identification and an autopsy.  The sheriff said investigators do not think there is any ongoing threat to the public.

The home at 135 South Fremont, where investigators from several agencies spent all day processing, is next to the Lewiston-Altura Elementary School on the south side of the community.

Assisting the sheriff and deputies in the search were the Winona County S.O.A.R.  (Search, Operational Assistance,  Rescue) Team, the Winona and Lewiston police departments and the Minnesota State Patrol.

A GoFundMe account has been arranged to help with expenses for the family of Tasha Hanson. People interested in donating can do so by clicking here.

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