Updated: 03/08/2013 3:06 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson
The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office says the death of a woman found inside a towed vehicle at a Columbia Heights impound lot is officially being treated as a murder case.
Police say 18-year-old Brittany Clardy of St. Paul was found dead Thursday inside of a towed vehicle at the Columbia Heights impound lot. The vehicle was towed from a Brooklyn Park apartment complex the day before Valentine's Day.
"She was a beautiful young girl, always laughing and smiling, and always had friends around. And she'd always wave," said neighbor Mary Ksiazek.
Clardy had been missing since Feb. 11.
For several years, Clardy worked with kids at the after school program at the North Dale Recreation Center in St. Paul.
"She was a very nice girl, she worked up at the playground with other children," Ksiazek said.
Clardy was a student at Highland Park Senior High School until January 2012. School officials say she was very social, well-known and well-liked. Students and staff remembered her wonderful sense of humor.
Autopsy results are pending to positively identify the body and determine the cause of death. The Anoka County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation.
"That's not something anyone ever wants to hear, and then under the circumstances, not knowing. What happened and if foul play had happened. It makes it very hard for them," Ksiazek said.
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