Father of Madeline Kingsbury’s kids, family members release statements; police provide update
(ABC 6 News) – The father of Madeline Kingsbury’s children along with Madeline’s family and the Winona Police Department all released statements on Wednesday regarding the Winona mother’s disappearance
Adam Fravel, released a statement via his attorney, Zachary Bauer which reads below:
Over the course of the last 12 days my family and I have been subject to a myriad of accusations regarding the disappearance of the mother of my children, Maddi Kingsbury. During these last 12 days I have cooperated with law enforcement at every turn, including sitting down for multiple interviews with Winona County law enforcement. I did not have anything to do with Maddi’s disappearance. I want the mother of my 5-year-old and 2-year-old to be found and brought home safely. I want that more than anything. Law enforcement advised me on April 2nd that they would not recommend that I attend the press conferences or that I assist in the searches due to safety concerns. However, my non-attendance and silence has been inferred by many as a sign of apathy, or worse. That could not be further from the truth. I want Maddi home and for her to be able to be with our two children. God Bless the Kingsbury family and please bring her home safely.Adam Fravel, father of Madeline Kingsbury’s children
The Kingsbury family released the following statement:
“Nothing in life prepares you for this. The disappearance of our daughter and sister has been a waking nightmare with no respite. In the days and nights since Madeline disappeared, the immediate family and extended family have, collectively and individually, been experiencing emotions and trials that someone who has never been suddenly thrust into this horrific situation could ever imagine.
“Eating is a mechanical act we force ourselves to do in order to keep our strength up so we can continue to advocate and search for Madeline. Sleep, if it comes, is fitful and fleeting. I have to think that the only thing that could come close to what we experience is the stress of combat, day after awful day. Initially, we were so overwrought that we couldn’t bear to look at each other but couldn’t bear to look away. There were no words we could say to comfort each other and we felt alone and frantic. In the days since the family has circled the wagons and gathered from near and across the world. We will find Madeline. This is our mission and we will not falter.
“We’re private people finding ourselves thrust into the national limelight at the most traumatic time in our lives. We don’t see to draw attention to ourselves but, of course, want everyone everywhere to know about Madeline so we can reunite her with her children.
“Members of our family and close friends coordinate closely with law enforcement and send out search teams day after day, every day.Family of Madeline Kingsbury
“From time to time and as we see the need we use social media to encourage and inform the large groups of volunteers helping us search for Madeline. We’re overwhelmed by the dedication and tangible expressions of love demonstrated by the huge circle of warriors she unknowingly gathered around her – her sorority sisters, coworkers at Mayo Clinic and other places, fellow students from her days at Winona State, other moms and her many, many friends, acquaintances and people whose lives she’s touched.
“We will continue to search for Madeline. We will not give up and our family will come out the other side of this forever changed but forever grateful for the tireless dedication of so many helpers – friends and relatives, people in law enforcement, other first responders, social workers, case workers, legal professionals, child advocates and many, many more.”
Winona police also provided an update into the investigation of Maddi’s disappearance.
“Evidence to date suggests Maddi’s disappearance was involuntary and suspicious. We remain extremely concerned for her safety.
Multiple law enforcement agencies have been searching for Maddi from the beginning of the investigation. Over the previous weekend, it is estimated that more than 2,000 people volunteered to search for Maddi.
Since the end of the large, organized searches on April 8, law enforcement has continued to conduct targeted searches in Winona and Fillmore Counties. Over the course of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, over 100 law enforcement and public safety personnel searched these additional targeted areas based off information we have received via tips or through investigative discovery. We have drafted and served numerous search warrants as part of our search efforts.
Police said Maddi’s van has been taken and processed for evidence. Throughout the investigation, we have worked closely with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to identify and process any available forensic evidence. Police say they are following up on leads and paths of inquiry to get answers in this case.”Winona Police Department
The department said they have received dozens of tips a day through Crime Stoppers.
“We have had two goals since we learned Maddi was missing. Bring her home and if warranted, hold accountable the person or persons responsible for her disappearance. Releasing certain information about the investigation would jeopardize our ability to achieve these goals. We understand just how much the community wants answers and we are asking everyone to be patient as the investigative process unfolds.
We remain confident we will find Maddi and bring her home to her family.”
ABC 6 News spoke with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar who was in Winona Wednesday. She says she heard Maddi’s story and is also hoping for the best.
“When you think of her story of leaving her kids at the daycare, ready to go to work, a mom who loved her children – it just resonates with everyone. People want to know what happened,” Klobuchar said.
Kingsbury has been missing since March 31. The public statement is the first made by Fravel since the Winona mother disappeared.
Police say Kingsbury and Fravel dropped off their kids at 8:00 a.m. on March 31 and returned home at 8:15 a.m. Police say Fravel told them that he left the residence in Kingsbury’s dark blue Chrysler Town & Country van at 10:00 a.m. only to return at 1:30 p.m. saying, “Maddi was not home.”
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Kingsbury’s phone, wallet and ID were found in her Winona home, according to authorities.
Over 2,000 volunteers showed up in two coordinated searches to help find Kingsbury last week, but authorities have ended those operations.
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No suspect or person of interest has been identified, according to law enforcement.
For more on a timeline of Madeline Kingsbury’s disappearance, click the link below.
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ABC 6 News will continue to follow this story and provide additional information when it becomes available.