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Police seek man in 'suspicious' death of woman at south Fargo home

FARGO - Police were looking for a man in what they called the "suspicious" death of a woman found dead in a south Fargo townhome Sunday. Police were called about 7:30 p.m. to 1518 34th St. S. after a woman said she found her friend dead there. Of...

FARGO - Police were looking for a man in what they called the "suspicious" death of a woman found dead in a south Fargo townhome Sunday.

Police were called about 7:30 p.m. to 1518 34th St. S. after a woman said she found her friend dead there.

Officials say the 40-year-old victim has been identified as Cory Terlecky. Terlecky’s cause of death is still under investigation and her autopsy was to be conducted Monday.

Officials were looking for 22-year-old Landon Mitchell Lauwagie who has been identified as a person of interest in this case. Lauwagie is a white man about 6 feet tall and weighs 210 to 220 pounds. Officials said they don’t know Lauwagie’s mental or emotional state, he should be considered a risk to public safety.

The witness said it appeared the woman died from violence, though police couldn't say right away if the death involved foul play.

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Her death was "suspicious," Lt. Shannon Ruziska said, but could not elaborate on what raised those suspicions.

The row of townhomes was blocked of with police tape, with officers denying access to anyone there.

A steady stream of neighbors looked on Sunday night, searching for answers as to what happened.

At least eight squad cars were at the scene, including the police department command truck.

Charleen Swenningsen, 28, lives in an apartment building just across the street.

"It's terrifying that it's right across the street from our home," she said.

Swenningsen said the area is a quiet neighborhood, one she's lived in for more than two years.

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