MILLVILLE (AP) -- The woman who was stabbed to death near here Saturday was the mother of five children and was trying to get her life back together after a divorce, her mother said Monday.
Four teen-age brothers found Maureen Tara Chapman, 27, on a rural road near this southeast Minnesota town about 10:30 a.m. Saturday. She was suffering from multiple stab wounds and she died before an ambulance arrived.
One of the brothers, who drove separately and arrived before the others, said he saw a man flee into the woods. Wabasha County Sgt. Curt Graff said officers searched for but did not find the man.
Chapman divorced recently and moved about six months ago to Wabasha from Zumbrota, said her mother, Lorraine Chapman of St. Paul.
Lorraine Chapman said she and her husband drove to Wabasha Saturday to visit their daughter and her five children, ages 1 to 12. Maureen left home about 8:30 a.m. to shop and run errands, her mother said. "I'll be back in a little while," Maureen said, according to her mother.
She said her daughter had a job in Lake City. "She has been working real hard to get back on her feet," Lorraine Chapman said.
Graff said Chapman's car was impounded for investigation by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in St. Paul.
Dr. Daniel Pesch, the Wabasha County coroner, said Chapman was beaten and stabbed once in the throat. Her body was sent to Ramsey County for an autopsy.
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