Motorcycle accident leads to murder investigation
A man was arrested in Anoka County Friday night suspected of staging his girlfriend's death as a motorcycle accident.
28-year-old Natasha Waalen's body was found on the road early Friday morning on the 16800 block of Tulip Street in Andover next to a motorcycle. The scene looked like an accident, but authorities say her injuries were not those of a crash.
Cindy Erickson, Waalen's mother said that she thinks her daughter's death is the result of a long-term abusive relationship with her 33-year-old boyfriend who was arrested for her death. The suspect was arrested after investigators, who suspected something more than a motorcycle accident, searched the house he shared with Waalen in Anoka along with their 4-year-old daughter.
"Horrible, it's been a nightmare for her," Erickson told KARE 11 News. "Many times she'd come to stay with me. A few times she went back, and he would never leave."
The suspect is being held in the Anoka County Jail, and could be charged as early as Monday.