MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A rural Aitkin County man is in custody in connection to the death of 35-year-old Michelle Mae, who went missing on October 3.

Investigators found Mae’s vehicle in Swatara on October 4, and the 34-year-old suspect was arrested the next day for probation violation.

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Michelle Mae (credit: Aitkin Co. Sheriff’s Office)

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Search crews combed a five-mile radius for the next 10 days, eventually finding Mae’s remains on October 15 on the suspect’s rural property.

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The suspect is awaiting criminal charges. Mae’s exact cause of death is still under investigation.