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James R. Johnson, Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald, Published February 07 2009

Team will search Thief River for missing woman Gina Anderson

Law enforcement will continue the search Sunday for missing Gina Lin Anderson.

The Thief River Falls, Minn., woman last was seen Oct. 23 leaving her home in a yellow Pontiac Sunfire.

Thief River Falls Police Chief Kim Murphy said a dive team from St. Louis (Minn.) County will bring in an underwater manned device with sonar that can map the bottom of the Thief River. Murphy said they’ll search “areas of probability” where a vehicle might have gone in.

“We still have nothing to tell us that she is in the river,” Murphy said. “There’s still no hint of foul play. This is a missing person’s case.”

Anderson’s father, Steve Lappegaard, led a family search Jan. 31 to determine if the car was in the river.

“We spoke with Steve on Friday morning,” investigator Jim Van Schaick said. “Steve said their search was partial. We still have areas of the river we’re interested in looking at.”

Murphy said he mapped out areas with Lappegaard so the dive team can cover as many angles as it can. The deepest part of the Thief River is believed to be 18 feet in the reservoir area.

Murphy encourages the public, especially in rural areas, to check unused garages and report anything noteworthy to the Pennington County Sheriff’s Department at (218) 681-6161.

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