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Questions Swirl As Police Hunt For Clues In ‘Suspicious’ Disappearance Of Minnesota Mom

"We believe Maddi's disappearance is involuntary, suspicious and we are all concerned for her safety," Winona Police Chief Tom Williams said of 26-year-old mother of two, Madeline Jane Kingsbury.

By Dorian Geiger
A police handout of Madeline Kingsbury

Authorities are frantically trying to uncover the whereabouts of a missing Minnesota mother, who vanished under “suspicious” circumstances last week.

Madeline Jane Kingsbury, 26, was last seen at her home in Winona, Minnesota on March 31. She was reported missing after not showing up to work and later for failing to pick up her children from daycare. She’d dropped off her children at around 8 a.m. that day with the children's father before returning home with him, ABC News reported

“[Kingsbury] didn’t show up or make other arrangements,”Winona Police Department said in a press release statement on April 3. “All of this is extremely out of character for her.” 

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The children's father told authorities he left the home in Kingsbury's van that morning, but when he returned, she was gone, according to ABC News. He hasn't been identified.

In the week since her disappearance, Kingsbury hasn’t responded to “numerous” calls and texts from loved ones, investigators said. Her cellphone, wallet and personal identification were left at her home. According to surveillance footage, a van matching Kingsbury’s was seen in the vicinity of her residence between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on March 31. Authorities didn’t state whether Kingsbury had been driving the vehicle at the time.

Police, for the moment, suspect foul play in Kingsbury’s disappearance. Detectives, however, are still piecing together a timeline of Kingsbury’s movements in the hours and days leading up to her disappearance. No arrests have been made in the active case.

"We believe Maddi's disappearance is involuntary, suspicious and we are all concerned for her safety," Winona Police Chief Tom Williams said.

Her family has offered a $50,000 reward for any information in the case.

On Friday, authorities conducted a mass search for the 26-year-old mother of two. Authorities had asked for the public’s assistance in carrying out the search, advising volunteers they’d be scouring “rough terrain” over “long distances.” Officials didn’t specify where search efforts were concentrated. However, as of early Friday afternoon, it was unclear if the search had yielded any new information as to Kingsbury’s whereabouts. 

Kingsbury’s sister, Megan Kingsbury, appeared alongside police officials and addressed reporters at a press conference on Wednesday.

"Please help us find Madeline," said Megan Kingsbury, who became tearful at times, while addressing reporters from behind a lectern. "Her children need their mother. We need our daughter, our sister, our aunt and our best friend back."

Kingsbury is described as being 5 feet, 4 inches tall, police said. She weighs roughly 135 pounds, has brown hair and hazel eyes.

“Our hearts go out to Kingsbury’s family and we are asking everyone to help us bring her home safely,” the Winona Police Department also stated.

A spokesperson for the Winona Police Department was unable to provide additional updates regarding Kingsbury's case when contacted by Oxygen.com on Friday afternoon.

Anyone who has information related to Kingsbury’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Winona Police Department at 507-457-6288 or 507-457-6492.