Minnesota authorities over the weekend ended a large-scale search for missing mother Madeline Kingsbury, but police said they would continue to investigate her disappearance, KARE 11 reports.
Approximately 2,600 people volunteered between Friday and Saturday to look for the 26-year-old woman, who was last seen on March 31 at a daycare facility along with her partner, according to the Winona Police Department.
“Due to this incredible turnout, we were able to cover substantially more ground in a shorter time than expected,” Winona Police Chief Tom Williams said in a statement.
Williams added that although the massive search has ended, police are still looking for the mother of two and remain on the case. “The search for Maddi is not ending and neither is the investigation into her disappearance,” Williams said.
Kingsbury on March 31 failed to pick up her children from daycare, which her family has said is “extremely out of character” for her, and she has not answered calls and messages, according to KTTC-TV.
The children’s father reportedly told investigators that Kingsbury left home around 10 a.m. on March 31, but when arrived back later that afternoon, Kingsbury wasn’t there.
Police say that a van matching Kingsbury’s vehicle, a 2014 dark blue Chrysler Town and Country, was seen traveling from Winona to the eastern part of Fillmore County on March 31.
Kingsbury is a clinical research coordinator at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. She’s described as 5-foot-4 and around 145 pounds, with hazel eyes and brown hair.
A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to her location, according to Minnesota Public Radio.
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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[Feature Photo: Madeline Kingsbury/Minnesota BCA]