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Medical Examiner Rules Ashley Carlson's Death an Accident

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office has ruled that 33-year-old Ashley Carlson's death was an accident.

Carlson went missing in Pine County in September of last year after last being seen near Hinckley. Her body was later discovered in the woods along Grace Lake Road in the Ogema Township in late November.

According to the Medical Examiner report, Carlson died as a result of methamphetamine and positional asphyxia after being injured by getting tangled in a tree.

In response to the report, Ashley's mother, Krista Miller Struck released the following statement:

"At this time we can't agree or disagree with the Medical Examiners' cause of death. This is an active ongoing investigation because of the active ongoing investigation, we can't release any other details about the investigation at this time.

Anyone with any information about what happened to Ashley Miller-Carlson needs to call the Pine County Sheriff's Department at 320-629-8300 or the family's private, non-authority tipline, which is monitored by APS 24 hours a day 218-241-0341. You never know what may help.

Our entire world is different without Ashley in it. Ashley is deeply loved and greatly missed. Ashley had a beautiful heart and soul, and she saw the best in everyone and wanted everyone to see the best in themselves. Our hearts break every minute of every day without her. Her four children miss and love her so much. They are doing the best they can without her. It will never be the same again."

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