‘Extremely out of character’: $50K Reward Offered After Missing Clinical Research Coordinator Fails to Pick Up Children

Minnesota police released additional information this week after issuing an endangered person alert Sunday for a missing mother who vanished from Winona County.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said 26-year-old Madeline Jane Kingsbury was last seen Friday morning in Winona. Family and friends told police that she hasn’t contacted them since and they’re concerned for her safety.

On Monday, the Winona Police Department said that Kingsbury failed to pick up her children from daycare, which, according to family, is “extremely out of character” for her, KTTC reports. She also failed to reply to numerous calls and messages from loved ones.

During a Wednesday press conference, police said Kingsbury returned to her Winona home after dropping her children off at daycare about 8:15 a.m. on March 31. She was driving a 2014 dark blue Chrysler Town and Country minivan.

The children’s father reportedly told police that Kingsbury left home the same morning at around 10 a.m. He said when he arrived back home later that afternoon, Kingsbury wasn’t there.

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Police say that a van matching Kingbury’s vehicle was spotted on County Road 12 and Highway 43 in Winona County on Friday morning. The same vehicle was also spotted traveling down Highway 43 in eastern Fillmore County, then traveling back toward Winona on Highway 43.

“We are asking residents in this area to check their properties, including any video cameras, doorbell cameras, game cameras etc. for a dark colored Chrysler Town and Country van, signs of a disturbance, or any other suspicious activity,” Fillmore County Sheriff John DeDeorge said in a statement Monday.

“The timeframe in question would be from approximately 8am on 3/31 through 4pm on 4/1/23.”

Kingsbury’s van was found parked at her residence and police say they are not looking specifically for the van, but for any information regarding the van traveling during the aforementioned time periods.

Police also said they searched her home and vehicle and found Kingsbury’s phone and wallet, along with the jacket she wore on the morning of March 31.

“We are all concerned for her safety,” Winona Police Chief Tom Williams said Wednesday.

So far, there is nothing that indicates Kingsbury left her home on foot.

LaCrosse Tribune reports that Kingsbury is a clinical research coordinator at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and the mother of two children. She’s described as standing 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighing around 145 pounds. She has hazel eyes and brown hair.

Anyone with information should contact the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office at ​507-765-3874 (Option 1) or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 507-457-6530 or email at winonaareacrimestoppers.com.

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