Sheriff's Deputies, Other Agencies Search for Missing Oakdale Woman

The Chisago County Sheriff's Office is searching for Danielle Jelinek of Oakdale who has not been seen or heard of since Saturday.

The Chisago County Sheriff's Office has issued a search for a 27-year-old Oakdale woman who has not been in contact with friends or family since Saturday.

Danielle Jelinek spoke with her family on Saturday while she was visiting a man in Chisago Lake Township. However, when the family tried contacting her on Sunday they were unable to reach Jelinek, said Nikki Nieman, Jelinek's best friend.

"A bunch of people talked with her Saturday and then her family started calling on Sunday and she didn't pick up, which wasn't like her at all," Nieman said. 

Nieman said there was no indication that anything was wrong Saturday night when people spoke with Jelinek.

The family contacted the Chisago County Sheriff's Office around 2 p.m. Sunday to go to the residence to check on Jelinek. When deputies arrived they saw Jelinek's car and found a man there who was uncooperative in answering questions about Jelinek, said Sheriff Rick Duncan.

Deputies retrieved a search warrant and returned to the residence where they found more of Jelinek's belongings. During the search deputies also arrested the man for drug possession. 

Duncan said there is no indication that the man was involved with Jelinek's disappearance. 

"We know that this is not the first time this man was involved with law enforcement, but there was nothing that would say he had anything to do with Danielle," Duncan said. "There is no indication of foul play at this time."

Since her personal belongings and car were at the residence, Duncan said that there was enough suspcious activity at the residence to support pooling resources to find Jelinek.

The sheriff's office is working with the Minnesota State Patrol and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) to locate Jelinek. Duncan said they have a couple of leads they are looking into in hopes of finding Jelinek. 

Jelinek is a 2003 graduate of Park High School in Cottage Grove, where Jelinek grew up. Jelinek currently lives with her sister in Oakdale, Nieman said.

"She truly is the most outgoing, positive, uplifting girl you’d ever meet," Nieman said. "She can put a smile on anyone’s face. We are hoping by getting the word out that it will trigger something and help find her."

If anyone has any information regarding Jelinek's whereabouts they are encouarged to call the Chisago County Sheriff's Office at 651-213-6300.

First Report: Sheriff's Office Investigates Oakdale Woman's Disappearance

Terri Obitz December 12, 2012 at 04:46 PM
We are praying for you love! Come home safely.
Nancy Tomlinson December 12, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Hope she is found soon. This just doesn't add up. Her car is at this guy's place up in Chisago Township, which is quite a hike from Oakdale. The guy is uncooperative & he's arrested for drug possession? But he has nothing to do with her disappearance? What? Did he have a party with a bunch of people and was left with a stray car afterwards? How can he not know something about her or where she went? Maybe I'm too suspicious. Or something is being left out of this article.
Barbi Taylor December 17, 2012 at 09:46 AM
Danielle Jelinek i pray for a safe return home for you, Your family and friends are worried sick. So please anybody out there that knows anything please contact the Chisago county sheriffs please or any law office the family anybody but please call and tell somebody so the word can get back to the sheriff. Danielles aunt Julie is a friend of mine and told me Danielle needs her medicine and seeing how her purse was in that guys house she wouldnt have her medicine with her. So please anyone with anything even the smallest thing might just help fine her. My prayers and thoughts go out to Danielles family and friends i cannot even begin to imagine what your all going threw. God Bless Danielle her mom and and all her loved ones. And i pray your little girl comes home safely.
Nancy Tomlinson December 17, 2012 at 07:11 PM
I keep following this story...maybe because I used to live in that area, but also because I now live in STW and this feels so close to home... Here we have yet another young woman, missing after having spent time with some questionable man. I cannot imagine what on earth could have happened to her. Hope that she might have another inhaler, it's not impossible. People do keep extras of medication that they really need. But I feel so bad for her family, friends, all loved ones. And the snow storm hasn't helped at all in finding her. My most sincere wishes are that she is found, preferably safe, perhaps a bit worse for the wear, but found alive.


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