Madeline Jane Kingsbury, 26, went missing on March 31 and has not had any contact with friends or family since. She went missing from Winona, Minnesota.
Madeline goes by Maddi and she is the mother to two children. Her LinkedIn says that she works as a “Clinical Research Coordinator for Public Health, Infectious Disease, and Occupational Medicine research at Mayo Clinic with a demonstrated history of working in human subjects research. Currently coordinating Phase I/II clinical trials.”
Before that, she worked for Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin, as a patient services specialist and population health intern. She was working toward a master’s degree in public health from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, according to her LinkedIn page.
Madeline’s daughter was 5 and her son was 2 at the time she vanished. The father of the children is a man named Adam Fravel.
According to his LinkedIn, Adam is a“software engineer” who lives in Winona. His page says he offers advertising and web media services on contract. On Facebook, he has posted some pics of his and Madeline’s kids; she and her mother liked some of his posts.
The day Madeline vanished was Friday, March 31, 2023.
This is a confirmed timeline of what happened that day.
Madeline and Adam left the house with the two children at around 8am. They left in Madeline’s 2014 blue Chrysler Town and Country van and dropped the kids to daycare.
Madeline (and I am assuming Adam) got home at around 8.15am. Madeline was texting with her sister Megan at this time.
“[The text was] just laughing in response to a funny photo I had sent the night before from a trip she and I took to Rhode Island last summer. No one else heard from her after that,” Megan said.
Adam reportedly left home in the van at around 10am. He told police that when he returned home later in the van, Madeline was not there.
Between 10am and 1.30pm, Police said a van matching Madeline’s was driven on County Road 12 and Highway 43 in Winona County and then southbound on Highway 43 through the eastern part of Fillmore County. Then the van traveled back toward Winona on Highway 43 and remained in the driveway of the home from 1:30 p.m. onward. Police did not say who was driving the van.
Madeline was due to work that morning at the Mayo Clinic and she did not show up. She also did not pick up her children from daycare that afternoon.
Her family tried to contact her throughout the day on Friday. They were not able to get in touch with her and they said that was out of character.
“We realized that night [Friday] that no one had heard from her all day, which is highly unusual — so that’s when we started to have a growing concern,” Megan told FOX 9.
I believe police were called to the house that day and when they arrived, they found her cell phone, wallet with ID, and the jacket she was wearing earlier in the day. Police also searched the van but did not say if anything was found.
Madeline was officially reported missing the following day, April 1. Friends and family began searching for her immediately.
That day at 2.25pm, the Winona Police Department made an appeal for information in the case.
There is a really great instagram account that has saved a bunch of information on this case (thankfully) – the account is mamalouwhoo.
The following day, April 2, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension issued an “endangered missing person” alert for Madeline and released her description as 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighs 135 pounds and has brown hair and hazel eyes.
On Monday April 3, Winona Police gave more information.
“She was last seen at her home in Winona, MN. Kingsbury was supposed to show up for work that morning but didn’t. In addition, numerous calls and messages from friends and family went unanswered. Kingsbury was supposed to pick up her children from daycare that afternoon but didn’t show up or make other arrangements. All of this is extremely out of character for her.”
Police asked for residents in Winona and Fillmore Counties to check their properties and video cameras for any signs of Madeline’s van passing through or stopping. They also requested residents along Highway 43 to check for any signs of disturbance or other suspicious activities between 8 a.m. on March 31 and 4 p.m. on April 1.
On April 4, Madeline’s children were taken into the care of social services. They were taken into care on a 72 hour hold after it was determined that Adam did not have custodial rights to the children.
Police held another press conference on April 5. They said Madeline’s disappearance was “involuntary” and “suspicious.” They also said there is no evidence that Madeline left the home on foot or that she left in another vehicle.
They outlined info about the search to that date – they had conducted foot and vehicle searches, as well as aerial searches and had also looked at nearby waterways.
They also appealed for public help:
We are asking that you search your acreage, wooded property, outbuildings, vehicles and trails for anything suspicious that may help find Madeline.
A large scale two-day search was planned for April 7 and 8.
On April 7, volunteers arrived at a local school and they were bussed to designated search areas where they canvassed the areas for four hours. Volunteers walked spread out in farm fields and along roads.
Three hours after the mass search began, authorities gave a press conference on the progress of the investigation but did not provide many details since it’s an ongoing investigation.
A second group of volunteers started searching at 4pm and the same happened the following day.
After the second day of searching wrapped up, police announced there would be no additional mass searches due to the large amount of ground that was covered in the previous days. 2,600 volunteers had covered a lot of ground. Police said they would now focus their efforts on targeted search areas.
“The search for Maddi is not ending and neither is the investigation into her disappearance. As we develop new leads and new search areas, teams of law enforcement officers will do targeted searches…. We are not giving up and we want to thank everyone for their continued support for Maddi and her family.”
A petition was filed in court on April 6 regarding Adam and his care of the children. The documents allege that Adam and his family did not cooperate with officials and refused to permit social workers to meet with the kids. When he finally gave in and handed over the children, he wouldn’t grab any belongings for them, meaning they left home with only the clothes they had on.
On Wednesday April 12, police released another statement. They said they remained extremely concerned for her safety.
“We have had two goals since we learned Maddi was missing: bring her home and if warranted, hold accountable the person or persons responsible for her disappearance. Releasing certain information about the investigation would jeopardize our availability to achieve these goals. We understand just how much the community wants answers and we are asking everyone to be patient as the investigative process unfolds. We remain confident we will find Maddi and bring her home to her family,” the statement reads in part.
During this week, over 100 law enforcement officers searched specific areas based on data and tips.
They also confirmed that the van had been taken for forensic testing but would not confirm if/what had been found.
Adam (the father of Madeline’s kids) made a statement on April 12:
“Over the course of the last 12 days my family and I have been subject to a myriad of accusations regarding the disappearance of the mother of my children, Maddi Kingsbury. During these last 12 days I have cooperated with law enforcement at every turn, including sitting down for multiple interviews with Winona County law enforcement. I did not have anything to do with Maddi’s disappearance. I want the mother of my 5-year-old and 2-year-old to be found and brought home safely. I want that more than anything. Law enforcement advised me on April 2nd that they would not recommend that I attend the press conferences or that I assist in the 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. I want Maddi home and for her to be able to be with our two children. God Bless the Kingsbury family and please bring her home safely.”
Madeline’s family also made a statement:
“Nothing in life prepares you for this. The disappearance of our daughter and sister has been a walking nightmare with no respite. In the days and nights since Madeline disappeared, the immediate family and extended family have, collectively and individually, been experiencing emotions and trials that someone who has never been suddenly thrust into this horrific situation could ever imagine.
“Eating is a mechanical act we force ourselves to do in order to keep our strength up so we can continue to advocate and search for Madeline. Sleep, if it comes, is fitful and fleeting. I have to think that the only thing that could come close to what we experience is the stress of combat, day after awful day. Initially, we were so overwrought that we couldn’t bear to look at each other but couldn’t bear to look away. There were no words we could say to comfort each other and we felt alone and frantic. In the days since the family has circled the wagons and gathered from near and across the world. We will find Madeline. This is our mission and we will not falter.
“We’re private people finding ourselves thrust into the national limelight at the most traumatic time in our lives. We don’t seek to draw attention to ourselves but, of course, we want everyone everywhere to know about Madeline so we can reunite her with her children.”
“From time to time and as we see the need we use social media to encourage and inform the large groups of volunteers helping us search for Madeline. We’re overwhelmed by the dedication and tangible expressions of love demonstrated by the huge circle of warriors she unknowingly gathered around her – her sorority sisters, coworkers at Mayo Clinic and other places, fellow students from her days at Winona State, other moms and her many, many friends, acquaintances and people whose lives she’s touched.
“We will continue to search for Madeline. We will not give up and our family will come out the other side of this forever changed but forever grateful for the tireless dedication of so many helpers- friends and relatives, people in law enforcement, other first responders, social workers, case workers, legal professionals, child advocates and many, many more.”
Megan, Madeline’s sister, told FOX 9 how special her sister was.
“Maddi is very bright, kind, hard-working, and giving. She is a wonderful mother to her two children. She never judges me or anyone else, accepts people for who they are,” she said.
Also on April 12, a judge made the decision that the children would remain in the care of Winona County Health and Human Services. “The children shall remain in their current placement at this time as it is in their best interest,” the order reads in part.
The searches still continued for Madeline. On April 14, K9s and dive teams were looking for her.
20 firefighters also searched for her. The Pepin County Sheriff office also utilised their drone team in the search.
Specialised dive rescue teams participated on April 15. Winona County Emergency Management asked again for the public’s assistance:
“We encourage the public to continue checking your properties and being alert when out hiking, hunting, and fishing.”
Police said on April 17:
“The investigation is active and ongoing. We are not prepared to identify a suspect or person of interest at this time. We are continuing to follow several paths of inquiry as we work to determine what happened to Maddi, and if warranted, hold accountable the person or persons responsible for her disappearance.”
Megan spoke to the media and said that Madeline and Adam were no longer romantically together. According to this article, Madeline was looking for another place to live and the two planned to stay in close proximity to co-parent together.
The area being searched for Madeline became flooded on April 18. Volunteers were asked to stay away as it was too dangerous.
A neighbor spoke to Fox9 and said that on the day Madeline vanished, her van had been backed into the driveway. He said he had never seen the car parked in that position before. By this point, police had placed cameras in the driveway of the home to monitor it.
60 people showed up to search for Madeline on April 23. A facebook post was made after the search “We were able to cover way more ground than expected because of all the amazing humans who showed up. We appreciate each and every one of you.”
n April 26, police again asked property owners to keep an eye out for Madeline. They were asked to report old wells, homesteads, windmills or sinkholes.
Property owners were asked to display a blue checkmark in a prominent place if they consented to having their land searched. After the property has been searched, volunteers or the homeowner would then place a blue ribbon around the mailbox indicating to others the property has already been checked.
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