The woman found in the snow near a Northfield residence has been identified as Tiffany Louise Smith.

Smith had been reported missing on Friday afternoon (New Year’s Day).

A friend had reported that Smith was upset and had not returned home that morning, according to a release from the Northfield Police Department. Police Chief Monte Nelson said the officer began a missing person report shortly thereafter.

The 31-year-old woman was last seen Friday around 5 a.m., according to a missing person flier designed by United Legacy, a non-profit offering search management to families and law enforcement.

Nelson said she was last seen in Northfield where she had met a friend and then left. Smith was reportedly possibly wearing D.C. snow boots and a black nylon jacket, the flier states.

Both the police department and family had searched for Smith and the department was able to pin Smith’s phone once, he said. However, it didn’t pinpoint an exact location. The pin resulted in a broad range instead of GPS coordinates, he said.

“Unfortunately, between us and the family, no one was able to find [her],” Nelson said, before the report came in.

On Sunday afternoon, the “Help Find Tiffany Smith” Facebook page created an event calling for volunteers to help distribute fliers around the city of Northfield. The volunteers gathered at 2:30 p.m. at the AmericInn Lodge and Suites.

According to a statement released by United Legacy on Facebook during the flier campaign, the search ended abruptly with the discovery of Smith.

The report of an unresponsive female came in shortly after 3:10 p.m. on Sunday, after Nelson said a nearby resident found Smith in the snow near the Parish House on the 400 block of East Third Street.

Judging by the conditions observed on scene, it is believed Smith may have been there for “at least a day,” according to the police department’s release. According to weather reports from the Stanton Airfield, the low was listed as 9 degrees on Saturday and 11 degrees on Sunday.

There were no obvious signs of a struggle or other suspicious activity, Nelson added.

“There was nothing at the scene that gave us any indication as to why she was there,” he said, noting it was not her home address.

Though autopsy and toxicology results will help the investigation, Nelson said the weather almost has to be a factor.

“Right now, we’re in the waiting game,” he said of waiting for the autopsy and toxicology report. “That’s the main part of our investigation.”

The autopsy is being performed by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office. Personnel from that office, in addition to Northfield investigators, will continue to investigate the death.

“We wanted to sincerely thank everyone who helped us create awareness that [Smith] was missing and for those of you who sent messages of support and prayers to the family,” United Legacy included in its statement. “Please keep [Smith], family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.”

To help the Smith family with the memorial service, visit https://www.gofundme.com/kthgdtxn.

(UPDATE 11:30 a.m.: This story has been updated with the identity of the deceased.)

The woman found in the snow near a Northfield residence has been identified as Tiffany Louise Smith.

Smith had been reported missing on Friday afternoon (New Year’s Day).

A friend had reported that Smith was upset and had not returned home that morning, according to a release from the Northfield Police Department.

The 31-year-old woman was last seen Friday around 5 a.m., according to a missing person flier designed by United Legacy, a non-profit offering search management to families and law enforcement, though where she was last seen is not listed. Smith was reportedly possibly wearing D.C. snow boots and a black nylon jacket, the flier states.

On Sunday afternoon, the “Help Find Tiffany Smith” Facebook page created an event calling for volunteers to help distribute fliers around the city of Northfield. The volunteers gathered at 2:30 p.m. at the AmericInn Lodge and Suites.

Northfield Police as well as family and friends had searched for Smith, the release notes.

Just after 6 p.m. Sunday, the Northfield Police Department announced a deceased female had been found in the snow near a Northfield residence on the 400 block of East Third Street.

According to weather reports from the Stanton Airfield, the low was listed as 9 degrees on Saturday and 11 degrees on Sunday.

According to a release announcing the investigation into the death, there were no obvious signs of a “struggle or other suspicious activity.”

The report of an unresponsive female came in shortly after 3:10 p.m. on Sunday. Judging by the conditions observed on scene, it is believed Smith may have been there for “at least a day,” according to the release.

Northfield Hospital Emergency Medical Services and Northfield Fire Services assisted on scene.

An autopsy will now be performed by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office, and personnel from that office, in addition to Northfield investigators, will continue to investigate the death.

(Original story as published at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.)

Northfield investigators with assistance from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office are investigating the death of a female found outside of a Northfield residence.

According to a release from the Northfield Police Department, there were no obvious signs of a “struggle or other suspicious activity.”

Shortly after 3:10 p.m. on Sunday, officers responded to the 400 block of East Third Street on a report of an unresponsive female. Upon arrival, officers found a deceased female in the snow, near a residence.

Judging by the conditions observed on scene, it is believed the deceased may have been there for “at least a day,” according to the release.

Though police have made a preliminary identification, the female’s name is being withheld pending notification of family members.

Northfield Hospital Emergency Medical Services and Northfield Fire Services assisted on scene.

An autopsy will now be performed by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office, and personnel from that office, in addition to Northfield investigators, will continue to investigate the death.

The News will update this story with additional information as it becomes available.

-Brad Phenow

Reach Associate Editor Brad Phenow at 507-645-1116, or follow him on Twitter @BradPhenow.

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