ROCHESTER, Minn. – The body of a woman found under a tarp in field near Viola was that of Tia Mercedes Arlerth, 28, police said. Alerth was from Minneapolis but spent considerable time in the Rochester area, police said. She was identified through lab tests from partial fingerprints, police said. The death is being regarded as a homicide. Arerth been reported missing June 12 by her mother. She was last seen May 30 in the Rochester area. The body was found roughly six weeks later 11 miles east of Rochester on County Road 2 and 70th Avenue Northeast.
Earlier: Body found under tarp along Viola road