Warmer temps may allow more searches for missing Thief River Falls woman
As the snow and ice melts, more searches for a missing Thief River Falls woman are being planned.
Gina Anderson's father, Steve Lappegaard, said that if weather permits, his family will conduct a ground search this weekend in the Fargo area.
They plan to focus their search around a creek near Rendezvous Park in West Fargo, N.D., and other spots where callers reported seeing her bright yellow 2002 Pontiac Sunfire.
"I want to be there and look around right after the snow gets down," Lappegaard said.
Last month, an underwater search of a pond in Rendezvous Park offered no clues.
Thief River Falls Police Chief Kim Murphy said Monday that authorities expect to search for Anderson after spring floods recede, but before the trees sprout leaves.
"We're looking at doing some flyovers after all the snow is gone and all the runoff is gone," Murphy said. "When we have good visibility, that's when we're going to do it."
The chief said searchers would zero in on areas Anderson traveled and others with potential. "We have a lot of gravel pits around here, and we'll be looking at those," he said.
Previous air and ground searches for Anderson have not panned out, and no sightings of her have been verified.
"It's still really a big question mark," Murphy said of Anderson's disappearance.
Until she's found, he said, the case will remain active and investigators will keep following up on tips.
"We're not ruling anything out," the chief said, adding: "There's no evidence whatsoever that there was any foul play whatsoever."
Anderson, 33, last was seen Oct. 23 driving away from her home. She left behind her purse and anti-seizure medication.
Anyone with information about the case should call the Thief River Falls Police at (218) 681-6161.