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Prelim. autopsy results indicate no foul play in Tjaden case

Investigation continuing
Posted at 2:21 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 23:11:24-05

OTOE COUNTY, Neb. (KMTV) — On Friday the body of Amber Tjaden, daughter of former Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle, was located on a minimum maintenance road near Unadilla, Nebraska. The Otoe County Sheriff’s Office said on Monday that her death appears to be due to cold exposure.

Foul play is not suspected but the investigation is still ongoing, the sheriff's office said.

Tjaden went missing on Jan. 27.

Her body was found following a tip that a car matching her vehicle’s description had been seen on a minimum maintenance road, six miles north of Unadilla.

Family members posted about the discovery of Tjaden’s body on Saturday.

Her father, former Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle, believed the body belonged to his daughter when speaking with 3 News Now on Saturday morning.

“We’ve gone through the early stages of the grieving," said Suttle. "Now we got to deal with the continuation of what comes next.”

Metropolitan Community College, where Tjaden worked, released the following statement on Monday:

Metropolitan Community College students and staff are deeply saddened by the loss of dear friend and valued colleague Amber Tjaden. Amber and her work were instrumental in elevating the MCC Gateway to College program to be ranked among the best in the nation, and her friendship and continuing contributions will be greatly missed.

Director of Secondary Partnerships Jordan Pirtle, who worked closely with Tjaden, released the following statement through the college:

We are heartbroken by the loss of our colleague, Amber. Amber was a fierce student advocate and a champion for all students in the Gateway to College program. The void she leaves behind is great. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to her family, children and friends, as well as the many students she has advocated and supported over the years. We will miss her and continue her legacy through the ongoing support of all students that walk through our doors.

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