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Officers search for couple after high-speed chase in northeast North Dakota

WALHALLA, N.D.--Two suspects in a Monday night high-speed chase throughout northeast North Dakota are at large after ditching a pickup near Walhalla.

Ryan Schaf and Kayla Ramsrud
Ryan Schaf, left, and Kayla Ramsrud

WALHALLA, N.D.-Two suspects in a Monday night high-speed chase throughout northeast North Dakota are at large after ditching a pickup near Walhalla.

Authorities are looking for Ryan John Schaf, 25, Grafton, N.D., and Kayla Lynn Ramsrud, 29, Park River, N.D., who allegedly stole a pickup from Nash, N.D., according to the Walsh County Sheriff's Department. The pickup was reported stolen Monday morning, and deputies in Pembina County spotted the vehicle about 4 p.m. near Cavalier, N.D., Walsh County Sheriff Ron Jurgens said Tuesday.

The couple evaded law enforcement before ditching the pickup south of Walhalla, Jurgens said. They fled on foot into the woods and have been missing since Monday evening, Jurgens said.

The pickup sustained minimal damage, and no injuries had been reported as of Tuesday afternoon, Jurgens said.

There are reports the couple had made their way south toward Minto, N.D., Jurgens said, but there was no evidence to confirm those reports. Law enforcement do not believe the two are dangerous, but agencies in Pembina, Walsh and Cavalier counties are asking for the public's help in the search, Jurgens said.

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"They could be, at this point, in any of those areas," he said.

The U.S. Border Patrol has been notified of the situation on the chance that the couple attempts to cross the Canadian border. Jurgens said there is no indication that would happen.

"I think being that close to the border, we always have to take that precaution," he said.

Schaf and Ramsrud could face charges of unlawful entry into vehicle, theft of property and fleeing officers.

Ramsrud has a criminal history in North Dakota that includes drug-related charges, simple assault and preventing arrest. Schaf has faced multiple criminal cases in the past in North Dakota, including ones accusing him of theft, aggravated assault, terrorizing and drug-related charges.

Anyone with information on the whereabout of Schaf or Ramsrud can call several sheriff's departments-Walsh County at (701) 352-2041, Pembina County at (701) 265-4122 and Cavalier County at (701) 256-2555.

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