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Man arrested in disappearance of N. Dakota college student

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A man arrested last night faces a kidnapping charge in the disappearance of a college student who may have been abducted while talking to her boyfriend on her cellphone, police said.

Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., 50, was arrested in Crookston, Minn., where he lives, and was being held in the Tri-County Correctional Center, Grand Forks police said.

Dru Sjodin, of Pequot Lakes, Minn., has been missing since Nov. 22, when she left her job at the Columbia Mall in Grand Forks, about 30 miles from Crookston.

Her red two-door 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass was found in the mall parking lot.

Soon after Sjodin disappeared, her boyfriend, Chris Lang, called the student's roommate, saying he had received two calls. The first was cut off and Lang said he heard Sjodin say, "Oh, my God," before the phone went dead.

In the second call, a couple of hours later, he heard only static and some keys being pressed.

The case has drawn more than 1,300 volunteers who have searched the area without success.

About 30 FBI agents, along with investigators from 20 agencies in three states and the Canadian province of Manitoba, also were working on the case. A $140,000 reward has been offered.

Police said a search for Sjodin was continuing. But they added that no other information would be released until a news briefing this morning.

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