Grand Forks police identify body pulled from the Red River over the weekend

Investigators believe the victim was the same subject reported in the Red River on April 8

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Firefighters from Grand Forks and East Grand Forks search the Red River north of the Sorlie Bridge in downtown Grand Forks Friday, April 8.
Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
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GRAND FORKS — The body found in the Red River on Saturday evening has been identified as 32-year-old Jacob Lasley of Red Lake, Minnesota.

Lasley was reported missing on April 17.

Investigators believe Lasley was the subject in the Red River on April 8 , which initiated a search response by the Grand Forks Sheriff’s Officer Water Operations Team and Grand Forks Fire Department along with multiple other entities, according to a press release from the Grand Forks Police Department sent Monday, May 16.

Police said there were no obvious signs of trauma to Lasley, though the investigation is ongoing and a cause of death hasn't been determined yet.

The academy, which is free and is offered to kids entering grades seven and eight, started at the GFPD back in 2019 when Cpl. Jay Farmer, former Police Officer Jessica Thorlacius and Lt. Jeremy Moe saw a need for a summer program in the Grand Forks Community

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the GFPD by one of the following methods:


Call: 701-787-8000
Online: Submit a tip via the GFPD’s Facebook or website
App: Submit a tip via the Tip411 app

Meghan Arbegast grew up in Security-Widefield, Colorado. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from North Dakota State University in Fargo, in 2021.

Arbegast wrote for The Spectrum, NDSU's student newspaper, for three years and was Head News Editor for two years. She was an intern with University Relations her last two semesters of college.

Arbegast covers news pertaining to the city of Grand Forks/East Grand Forks including city hall coverage.

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