She was a mother of a 2-year-old girl, and described by her friends as someone with a "huge heart." Family and friends are mourning the loss of a 24-year-old woman killed in a crash near Rochester this week.
The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office says 24-year-old Ambar Gaytan, of rural Byron, was killed after her car went off Country Club Road West at around 9 p.m. Monday. Investigators determined the time of the crash based on video from a nearby business.
When Gaytan didn't return home, a missing person report was filed on Tuesday. But she wasn't found until around 11:23 a.m. Wednesday after a landowner saw her vehicle in a ditch. It's unclear what exactly caused the deadly wreck.
Gaytan's best friend, Kourtney Boggan, has set up a GoFundMe page to help Gaytan's family during this difficult time.
"With a smile so contagious, she lit up the room. She always went out of her way to help others even if it meant her going without. She had a huge heart of gold," wrote Boggan on the page.
Gaytan is the mother of a 2-year-old daughter.
UPDATE: The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office has identified the woman found on Country Club Road Wednesday as 24-year-old Ambar Gaytan of rural Byron. She was originally from Winona.
The Sheriff's Office says a landowner discovered Gaytan's vehicle in the ditch late Wednesday morning and then saw her body nearby. It appears she had crawled about 75 yards from her vehicle.
The Sheriff's Office says video from a nearby business indicates the accident happened around 9 p.m. Monday.
A missing person's report about Gaytan had been filed on Halloween.
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The incident happened around 11:23 a.m. Wednesday in the 4900 block of Country Club West in Rochester.
According to Olmsted County Capt. Scott Behrns, when deputies arrived on scene, they discovered a body.
During the investigation, deputies re-routed traffic around the scene.
The investigation is being conducted by the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Rochester/Olmsted County Forensic Mapping Unit (FMU).
Deputies believe they have tentatively identified the deceased person and we are working on notifications to family at this.