Coroner: Kansas Woman Drowned; Death Not Suspicious

BATON ROUGE, La. - The Baton Rouge Police Department confirms Kayla Cox Bjorndahl, 21, of Clay Center and Denham Springs, La., drowned.

BRPD's Dive Rescue Team recovered Bjorndahl's body from the Mississippi River on Monday. She was reported missing by family members Tuesday, April 28.

Bjorndahl was recently married to Jesse Bjorndahl, a soldier stationed at Fort Riley, Kan. The two moved to Clay Center on January 1, 2009 from Baton Rouge, according to their landlord, who wished to remain anonymous.

Jesse was at training camp as part of the preparations for an upcoming deployment when Kayla was reported missing.

Family members say Kayla was visiting her parents and friends in Denham Springs, La.

The Bjorndahl's landlord said the two were great tenants who were excited about furnishing and landscaping their new home, which they had planned to buy. He said they were "a couple of nice kids."

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