A 10-week search for a missing Winona woman comes to an end, as law enforcement confirmed Thursday, that a body found the day before was that of Madeline Kingsbury.
Winona Police Chief Tom Williams, during a news conference, said an autopsy determined that the remains found in neighboring Fillmore County were those of the 26-year-old Kingsbury.
“Her body was found by a Fillmore County investigator, on a remote stretch of road, off Highway 43 north of Mabel, at approximately 1:30 p.m.” on Wednesday, Williams told audience members, and reporters from as far away as the Twin Cities.
Adam Fravel, the father of Kingsbury’s two young children, was arrested Wednesday, and is expected to be charged with second-degree murder when he makes his first court appearance.
Fillmore County Sheriff John DeGeorge said Kingsbury was found by a lone deputy searching near Highway 43 north of Mabel, Minn. Relatives and friends of Kingsbury were present at the news conference held at Winona City Hall.
Kingsbury was last seen March 31. Thousands of community members have searched the region for the woman.
She and Fravel were last seen together dropping their kids off at daycare before, apparently going back to their apartment.
Fravel said at that time, he left the apartment and Kingsbury was gone when he came back home.
Twelve days after her disappearance, Fravel released a statement that read, in part, “I did not have anything to do with Maddi’s disappearance. I want the mother of my (children) found and brought home safely.”
Fravel’s first court appearance in Winona could happen on Friday.