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

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, of Grafton, and Kayla Lynn Ramsrud, 29, of Park River, who allegedly stole a pickup in Nash, 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, 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.

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.

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.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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