Air Patrol finds no signs of missing Thief River Falls woman
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - One Civil Air Patrol airplane flew for several hours on Tuesday looking for Gina Lin Anderson, the Thief River Falls, Minn., woman missing since Oct. 23.
According to a dispatcher in the Pennington County law enforcement center, nothing was seen.
Anderson's family announced today a $5,000 reward for information about her disappearance being offered by the Carole Sund/Carrington Foundation in California.
Anderson, 32, was last seen leaving her home in her bright yellow 2002 Pontiac Sunfire during the mid-afternoon of Oct. 23 by a man repairing a nearby house, according to police.
There is no evidence or indication of foul play and also no information of any kind about her whereabouts, said family members and police.
But the circumstances of her disappearance are unusual, her family members say, because she left behind her purse, including her identification and credit cards, and her anti-seizure medication.
Several tips, such as possible sightings, all have turned up empty, police say.
Anderson's sister, Jackie Pagel, Minnetonka, Minn., announced the reward today in an e-mail to news organizations in which she asked for coverage to keep public awareness alive about her sister's disappearance.
The foundation, in Modesto, Calif., was formed by the parents of Carole Sund, who with her daughter, Juli Sund and friend Silvina Pelossa, went missing during a trip in Yosemite National Park in 1999. Her parents, Francis and Carole Carrington, established rewards for information and later credited the reward with bringing out information that led to their rental car being found, which was the first break in the case.
The Carringtons set up their foundation to help families who need it offer rewards for information about missing loved ones, according to the Web site of the foundation.