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Vigil for missing Madeline Kingsbury fills Winona church



“We will remain loud.”

That was a message repeated on Friday night during a church vigil in Winona, attended by friends and relatives of Madeline Kingsbury, who has been missing for more than a month.

The First Congregational Church was filled nearly to capacity for the hour-long program, which was supposed to be held at a Winona park, but was moved indoors because of rainy weather.

Kingsbury was last seen on March 31st, shortly after taking her two young children to day care. Thousands have turned out for searches in the Winona area since then.

David Kingsbury, father of missing Winona woman, speaks at church vigil on Friday night

Madeline’s father David Kingsbury, told the church audience that “someone knows something” and his daughter “didn’t just disappear.” He said the response from the Winona area, from people wanting to find Maddi, has been “marvelous.” Maddi’s sister Megan also spoke, saying it “feels like years” since the disappearance, although it has only been 36 days.

The vigil featured videos of Madeline, including a recording of her singing. Members of the audience held lighted candles toward the end of the evening and sang “You Are My Sunshine.”

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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