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28-year-old Anoka woman dead after apparent motorcycle crash, boyfriend arrested under suspicions of murder

In a story that began as an unfortunate motorcycle fatality, has turned into a murder investigation satiated with unanswered questions.

According to the Star Tribune, Natasha Waalen, 28, was found lying dead near a motorcycle in an Andover street, early Friday morning.

Police initially felt that the accident was just that, and that Waalen, mother of a 4-year-old daughter, simply lost control of the motorcycle and crashed on the Andover street, seven miles from her residence.

However, the Star Tribune reports that authorities, investigating the scene Saturday, determined that the evidence no longer pointed to a simple accident.

"Multiple factors," according to a news release issued Saturday, "are not consistent with a motor vehicle accident.'' Including the injuries Waalen suffered, which have yet to be disclosed by the authorities.

Suspicions of foul-play resulted in the arrest of Waalen's live-in boyfriend, Ryan Boland, 33, late Friday night, according to the Pioneer Press.

Waalen and Boland lived together with their daughter at 816 Adams St. in Anoka, a neighborhood, where residents struggle to make sense of the news.

"The neighborhood is buzzing. This sort of thing just doesn't happen. It's just very hard to take in," next-door neighbor Valorie Burke said. No evidence, as of yet, has surfaced of prior incidents of violence or disturbances between Waalen and Boland.

The cause of death is still unknown and police have yet to reveal possible motives for the murder, according to the Pioneer Press. Authorities continue to compile evidence and consider possible charges.

Clearly, numerous questions remain unanswered, but according to the Anoka County Sheriff's department, no further information will be released until a criminal complaint is filed.


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