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Missing TRF woman reportedly spotted in DL; lead doesn't pan out

Gina Anderson

GRAND FORKS - A Detroit Lakes McDonald's, a West Fargo park, a gas station in Pelican Rapids - those are just a few of the places where people have reported spotting Gina Lin Anderson since she went missing last Thursday.

Following up on all the reports around the region has kept family and friends on a "goose chase," said Anderson's mother, Judy Lappegaard.

A report that Anderson, Thief River Falls, was in Grand Forks on Monday night ended up being a false alarm, Lappegaard said.

The search party has been passing out pictures of Anderson and the bright yellow 2002 Pontiac Sunfire she drives. They've been alerting construction workers, beet-truck drivers, delivery drivers and others who routinely cover lots of territory.

"We've got people out there everyday," Lappegaard said.

Anderson's husband, Jeremy, has been a constant in the search effort. "He won't give up," Lappegaard said. "He just says, 'I gotta go. I can't sit.'"

Though none of the tips have led authorities to Anderson, Thief River Falls Police Chief Kim Murphy said investigators still are taking all reports seriously.

"We're not discounting them," he said. "They just didn't pan out."

Murphy said aerial and ground searches of the town and surrounding Pennington County have turned up nothing. Police say there's no evidence that indicates she was abducted.

Anderson, 32, was last seen leaving her home by herself about 2:30 p.m. Thursday in her car with Minnesota plate number 224AEA. The witness who saw her at that time said she was upbeat.

When she never came home, her husband reported her missing Friday. He had last seen her at 7 a.m. Thursday, before he went to work. She left behind her purse, watch and identification.

Lappegaard said her daughter takes medication to prevent seizures caused by stress and anxiety. Officials are going on the assumption that Anderson has no medication with her, Murphy said.

The "unreal" ordeal of Anderson going missing has been taxing for her family and has put the suffering of others in perspective for Lappegaard.

"I can't imagine somebody that's lost a child," she said. "I can't imagine what they go through."

Anderson has long blond hair and blue eyes. She's 5 feet 4 inches tall and 165 pounds. She was last seen in a pink, black and white "Castle" racing jacket. Anyone with information of her whereabouts should call (218) 681-6161.