ISANTI, Minn. (FOX 9) – Friends and colleagues expressed grief and heartache on Wednesday after hearing the news that 32-year-old Amanda Jo Vangrinsven was found dead after being missing for five days.
“I just want everyone to know that the world lost the sweetest, most generous person,” said Jennifer Parson, a friend and colleague of Vangrinsven.
Vangrinsven was the bartender, server and familiar face at Isanti VFW.
“She would literally give you her heart out of her chest if she could,” said Sarah Cisar, another of Vangrinsven’s friends.
Vangrinsven’s friends told FOX 9 that she was out at VFW last Thursday, hanging out, drinking and flirting with a local guy before the couple apparently went to another bar, The Dugout, down the road in Bethel.
That was the last time Parson wanted to see Vangrinsven alive.
“I bartended that night here. I had her under my wing,” Parson said. “I thought she was safe, and she was not. To find out, it’s not good.”
Vangrinsven never showed up for work the next morning.
Volunteers and law enforcement spent days searching for the 32-year-old, eventually resetting on a farm property south of Isanti.
On Tuesday night, investigators found a body on the property they believe is Vangrinsven.
Detectives remain tight-lipped about what happened to Vangrinsven. They are waiting for the autopsy results that will determine her cause and way of dying.
No one is currently in custody. Authorities consider it a suspicious inquest.
“I just want justice for her,” Parson said. “Whatever happened, I want justice for her.”
Speaking to FOX 9 on Wednesday, the husband of the man last seen with Amanda released this statement to us:
“My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to Amanda’s family and friends. The person she was last seen with is no longer in the community and is being held in a locked mental health facility. I am actively cooperating and will continue to cooperate with all law enforcement agencies. I’m asking for privacy for my family and myself. “
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