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Woman found dead in Iowa was daughter of Minnesota justice

A 21-year-old woman who was found dead outside a sorority house at Iowa State University was the daughter of a Minnesota Supreme Court justice and a prominent hospital executive, the family said in a statement.

Family members identified the woman as Olivia Chutich, the daughter of Supreme Court Justice Margaret Chutich and Allina Health CEO Penny Wheeler.

“It is with great sadness that we confirm that Olivia Chutich, our beloved daughter, died in Ames, Iowa,” they said in a statement Friday. “Olivia was the light of our lives. We ask for privacy as we grieve this unimaginable loss.”

Police in Ames, Iowa, said they were called to the Delta Delta Delta sorority house on Friday morning after the Iowa State student was found unconscious in the parking lot. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her cause of death has not been released.

The Ames Tribune reported Saturday that police said Chutich was last seen late the night before and they believe she had been lying in the parking lot for several hours before she was found. Police do not suspect foul play.

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