Winona, MN (KROC-AM News)- Authorities in Winona and Fillmore Counties are organizing another mass ground search today for 26-year-old Madeline Kingsbury. 

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The Winona Police Department says over 1,860 people volunteered to search for the missing mother of two yesterday. The volunteers fanned out across rough terrain and searched for about four hours during two search waves in Winona and Fillmore Counties. 

Organizers are once again looking for people who are at least 18 years old to walk areas with rough terrain and over long distances. Anyone volunteering will be required to provide their own appropriate clothing and footwear. A driver’s license or a state ID card will also be required. 

Registration for those volunteering for today’s search runs from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Goodview Fire Station in Winona County or at the Rushford-Peterson School in Fillmore County. Volunteers will then be assigned and bussed to a search area. 

Madeline was last seen with her domestic partner on the morning of March 31 when they dropped their two children off at daycare. He indicated that he left the residence around 10 AM and Madeleine was missing when he returned several hours later. 

He had been driving the couple's dark blue 2014 Chrysler Town and Country minivan. Friday's search efforts focused on areas where a vehicle matching that description was seen between 10 AM and 1:30 PM on March 31 in areas along Winona County Road 12 and Highway 43 in Winona and Fillmore counties. 

During a news conference yesterday, Winona Police Chief Tom Williams said the investigation into the circumstances surrounding Madeline’s disappearance remains active. Earlier this week, Williams described the 26-year-old’s disappearance as “suspicious” and “involuntary.” 

Williams and Fillmore County Sheriff John DeGeorge once again asked residents and landowners in Winona, Fillmore and Houston Counties to walk their properties, check out buildings and trails and to review any camera footage they have from Friday, March 31, the morning when Madeline went missing. 

photos provided by Winona Police Dept.
Madeline Kingsbury. photos provided by Winona Police Dept.

Williams and DeGeorge are asking anyone who sees anything suspicious to contact Crime Stoppers of Minnesota at 800-222-8477, the Winona Police Department at 507-457-6302 or the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office at 507-765-3874. The family is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to Madeline’s whereabouts.

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