Minnesota Woman Accused of Theft from Missing Boaters GoFundMe Page

A Baudette woman is accused of stealing from a fund she set up for the families of three fishermen who went missing on Lake of the Woods in October. 

28-year-old Retina LaValla is charged with two counts of theft. 

The Lake of the Woods Sheriff’s Office says she was flown to a Bemidji hospital after being detained Tuesday night. 

LaValla set up a GoFundMe page to help the families of the fishermen. 

According to the Star Tribune, she’s accused of stealing the money meant to help the families pay for the search and funeral expenses. 

The men were reported missing after their capsized boat was found October 3. 

The bodies of Justin Haugtvedt and Cody Ostendorf were found in October. 

Keith Ayers is still missing. 

Authorities began looking into LaValla after Ayers’ mother reported a possible theft in January. 

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