Man Charged with Hiding Minnesota Woman’s Body

A 21-year-old man has been charged with a gross misdemeanor after police say he hid the body of a missing Minnesota woman who died after they injected methamphetamine. 

Nickolas McArdell was charged Monday with interfering with a dead body.  

McArdell is accused of hiding the body of 18-year-old Laura Schwendemann, of Starbuck, in a cornfield. 

Schwendemann was last seen alive on October 14 at the Holiday gas station on 50th Avenue in Alexandria around 9:30 p.m. 

A farmer found Schwendemann’s body in a field on October 26, nearly two weeks after she went missing. 

According to the criminal complaint, McArdell told police that he and Schwendemann were driving around on October 14 and injecting meth when she died. 

Toxicology reports found meth in her system. 

Prosecutors say McArdell likely won’t be prosecuted for causing Schwendemann’s death, since the evidence does not support the charge. 

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