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Blood said found in N.D. case

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Blood matching Dru Sjodin's type and a knife were found in the car belonging to the man accused of kidnapping the University of North Dakota student, a source close to the investigation said yesterday.

The source also confirmed earlier media reports about the blood and a knife sheath being found in the parking lot of the mall where Sjodin disappeared.

Sjodin, 22, of Pequot Lakes, Minn., was last seen Nov. 22.

Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., 50, has been charged with kidnapping Sjodin. Evidence in the case, which was sealed by a judge after Rodriguez's arrest, should be released today, the source said.

Rodriguez's car, a four-door, maroon 2002 Mercury Sable, was impounded by authorities before his Dec. 1 arrest in Crookston, Minn.

Rodriguez is a convicted rapist with a history of attempting to kidnap adult women, and he has used a weapon in at least one assault. He was registered as a predatory offender, the classification for those believed to be at the highest risk of recidivism.

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