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Minnesota Mother Was Planning To Move Out Of Home She Shared With Her Ex When She Disappeared

Minnesota mother-of-two Madeline Kingsbury was seeking to move out of the home she shared with her ex, Adam Fravel, when she went missing on March 31, her family said. Fravel, with whom she co-parented, has denied any involvement in the 26-year-old's "suspicious" disappearance.

By Christina Coulter
A police handout of Madeline Kingsbury

A Minnesota mother-of-two who vanished under "suspicious" circumstances more than two weeks ago was planning to move out of the house she shared with her ex-boyfriend, according to her family.

Madeline Kingsbury of Winona, 26, was last seen around 8 a.m. on March 31 when she and her ex dropped her five- and two-year-old children off at daycare before returning to the home they shared. She never showed up for her shift at Mayo Clinic and never returned to the daycare to pick up the children

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Later, police would find the woman's ID, cellphone, wallet and the jacket she wore that morning left in her home. 

The missing woman's sister, Megan Kingsbury, told KARE-TV that Madeline and the father of her children — whom she identified as Adam Fravel — were living together and co-parenting but no longer romantically involved. At the time of her dissappearance, Megan told the station, the Minnesota mom was looking for alternate living arrangements. 

A police handout of Madeline Kingsbury

Fravel told police he last saw Kingsbury after leaving their house on Kerry Drive in the missing woman's dark blue Chrysler around 10 a.m. on March 31. Winona Police have asked residents with security cameras living between the City of Winona, Wilson Township and Hillsdale Township to check their footage for a dark minivan "driving by or stopping by" between 8 a.m. on March 31 and 4 p.m. on April 1, according to The Daily Mail

Now, according to People, the van is being processed for evidence. 

In a statement issued through his attorney, Fravel denied wrongdoing and struck out against "myriad accusations" leveled against him and his family, according to an earlier KARE-TV story.

"I want the mother of my 5-year-old and 2-year-old to be found and brought home safely," he said. "Law enforcement advised me ... [not to] attend press conferences or assist in searches due to safety concerns. However, my non-attendance and silence has been inferred by many as a sign of apathy, or worse. That could not be further from the truth."

Zach Bauer, Fravel's attorney, told the outlet that his client has been "consistent with law enforcement from the first time he sat down with them that he didn't have anything to do with Maddi's disappearance."

Fravel does not have custodial rights over the children, according to CNN. Currently, they are in state custody. Megan Kingsbury told KARE that she has seen the children since their mother went missing and that they're in "a safe place."

Megan would not comment on the investigation or Fravel's statement denying any wrongdoing, according to KARE-TV.

But when she didn't hear from her sister throughout the day of March 31, she said "alarm bells [were] going off," since not staying in contact was "so unlike her."

“I talk to her multiple times on a daily basis — FaceTime, phone, text,” Megan said in an earlier interview with FOX News. “Even the rest of my family. She’s just in constant communication with us about every minute detail."

The Kingsbury family first realized something was awry when none of them had heard from Madeline since 8:15 a.m. on the morning of March 31. Megan said she and her sister were "chuckling about a funny photo exchange" in their last correspondence that day before communications went dark. 

"[That evening,] my mom actually sent me a message asking if I had heard from my sister that day because my mom had sent some messages that had no response," Megan said in interview published Saturday. "When she said that, I was kind of like, 'Oh, I guess you're right, she was supposed to come visit my house the next morning with her daughter and typically we would have discussed those plans.'"

The Kingsbury family called their continued search for Madeline a "waking nightmare with no respite" in a statement released Wednesday, according to People.

"[We] have to think that the only thing that could come close to what we experience is the stress of combat, day after awful day," the statement reads. "We will find Madeline. This is our mission and we will not falter."

On Monday, the Winona Police Department issued an update on the investigation into Kingsbury's disappearance, writing that they "remain extremely concerned for her safety."

Volunteers, sonar, submersibles and dog teams have been utilized in the search, the department wrote. They asked property owners in Winona, Houston and Fillmore counties to "walk your land and check your outbuildings. Look for anything unusual or out-of-place."

The police department added that it is "not prepared to identify a suspect or person of interest at this time," but that if warranted, it will "hold accountable the person or persons responsible for her disappearance."

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