A 26-year-old Minnesota woman named Madeline Kingsbury has been missing since Friday, March 31st. She was last seen at her home in Winona which is about a four-hour drive from Sioux Falls.

On Wednesday, April 5th, Winona Police Department held a press conference to provide an update about this ongoing investigation. Police are now asking for the public's help to find Madeline and bring her home safely.

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KTTC in Rochester (a sister station of Dakota News Now) is reporting Winona Police Department is now offering a $50,000 reward for any information on Kingsbury’s whereabouts. Here's what the police know so far about Madeline's disappearance:

  • Officials know that Madeline dropped her kids at daycare around 8:15 AM on Friday morning. She was driving a 2014 dark blue Chrysler Town and Country minivan.
  • The father of Madeline's children claims he left their home around 10 AM. She wasn't there when he returned home later that day.
  • Madeline never reported for work that morning after dropping her kids off. She received numerous phone calls and messages from family and friends. She never answered the phone.
  • KTTC explains, "Police believe a similar van was seen driving on County Road 12 and Highway 43 in Winona County and then southbound on Highway 43 through the eastern part of Fillmore County. Later, a van similar to Kingsbury’s drove back towards Winona on Highway 43. This occurred during the timeframe of 10 AM and 1 PM." Madeline's van was parked at her home around 1:30 PM on Friday afternoon. Police are not looking for the van.
  • During this investigation, police obtained Madeline's cell phone, a jacket that she reportedly wore on Friday, and her wallet inside her house.

So what happened to Madeline Kingsbury? Did she leave on her own? Quite the opposite. After almost a week of investigating, the Winona Police Department believes Madeline's "disappearance is suspicious and involuntary." There is no indication that she left on foot or in another vehicle.

What can the public do to help? The Winona Police Department recently posted a location to search for Madeline on its Facebook page. Residents and landowners in Winona County and Fillmore County are encouraged to check their acreages, wooded property, outbuildings, vehicles, and trails for anything suspicious. This information might help find Madeline.

At the time of this post, police have no suspects. There is also no threat to the public. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 507-457-6302. You can also report anonymously by submitting your tips at www.crimestoppersmn.org or at 800-222-8477.

Let's help bring Madeline home to her family.


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