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Christin B. Swenson, 17. Photo courtesy Isanti County Sheriff's Department

Authorities searching for missing North Branch, Minn., teenage girl

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Authorities are trying to locate a 17-year-old girl who has not been seen since she left work at Econofoods in downtown Red Wing Monday night.

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The Minnesota Crime Alert Network issued an alert after being notified by family members in Isanti County that Christin Bernice Swenson never made it home.

"She has not arrived at home and she does not answer her cell phone," authorities said Tuesday afternoon in a press release.

Christin Swenson is 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing 105 pounds. She has blonde hair and brown eyes. She was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu four-door, pewter in color, with Minnesota license UGA 376.

Her mother, Mary Swenson of North Branch, Minn., told authorities her daughter called home around 8 p.m. Monday to say she was on her way home and expected to arrive around 10 p.m.

She works weekends in Red Wing, Mary Swenson said. But authorities aren't sure where Christin Swenson stayed when in Red Wing.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Christin Swenson was interviewed last week as a possible assault victim.

Meanwhile, authorities also are looking for Christen Swenson's first cousin -- Wade James Swenson, 38.

Wade Swenson, was last know to be living at N1368 790th St., Hager City, but has left, according to Lt. Dennis Sorenson, of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

"We found out yesterday (Monday) that he had left," Sorenson said. Sorenson added that Swenson has three outstanding warrants from Pierce County. Two of the warrants for misdemeanors and one is for felony-theft by fraud from February 2007.

Christin Swenson 's parents reportedly were en route to Red Wing to meet with local authorities. However, Red Wing Police Chief Tim Sletten said his department has been notified of the investigation but is not currently involved.

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