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Woman Found Dead Wrapped in Sheets Had Abusive Past in Richfield with Suspected Killer, Police Say

Nerissa Annette Shaw didn't cooperate with authorities over four police calls in Richfield for domestic violence involving the man now charged with murder, the Star Tribune reported.

The approximate site where the body was found in St. Louis Park. Patch photo
The approximate site where the body was found in St. Louis Park. Patch photo

In recent years, Richfield police and prosecutors attempted to help the woman whose body was found wrapped in sheets near railroad tracks in St. Louis Park Tuesday, according to the Star Tribune.

There were four domestic-violence calls in 2011–12 involving Nerissa Annette Shaw, 46, and the man arrested on suspicion of her alleged murder, the newspaper reported. In each case she refused to cooperate with authorities. 

According to St. Louis Park Patch:

A Minneapolis man has been arrested on suspicion of killing Shaw, whose body was found, wrapped in sheets, behind a Cedar Lake Road business on Tuesday.

The 54-year-old man was arrested around 1 p.m. Thursday by St. Louis Park police, who suspect him of the second-degree homicide of Shaw, his long-time girlfriend and also of Minneapolis. The man was not yet been charged as of Thursday afternoon. (They have until noon Friday.)

Shaw’s body was found in a small grassy area behind Angstrom Analytical Inc., at 5001 Cedar Lake Road.

“The woman's body displayed injuries consistent with a severe beating, particularly on and about the face and head,” St. Louis Park spokesman Jamie Zwilling wrote in an email.

Shaw and the suspect had been involved “in a long and violent relationship” with a “frequent history of domestic violence,” Zwilling said.

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