New Search For Missing Thief River Falls WomanOctober 23, 2009 marks the one year anniversary that Thief River Falls woman Gina Anderson disappeared without a trace. Still with no answers, her family has decided to take a different path.
By: Christine Boggy, WDAZ
October 23, 2009 marks the one year anniversary that Thief River Falls woman Gina Anderson disappeared without a trace. Still with no answers, her family has decided to take a different path.
Gina's mother, Judy Lappegaard, says, "Basically in our eyes we're still at square one."
With a number of leads but nothing panning out, Gina's family has sought the help of psychic Noreen Renier from Virginia. She believes Gina is possibly within 20 miles of Thief River Falls, and her car could be under water.
Judy says, "It's pathetic to know that if she is that close. I mean it's going to haunt us is what it's going to do."
With that in mind, investigators will lower the town's river reservoir, hoping to uncover any evidence of Gina or her car.
Pennington County Deputy Sheriff Ray Kuznia says, "They're actually going to open up the dam so there's going to be a lot more flow down the river, but it will lower the main basin, which is the deepest part."
By lowering the water level, investigators are hoping to actually see evidence of Gina's car, rather than relying solely on sonar equipment.
Deputy Kuznia says, "It was brought up whether we trust the equipment. It would still be nice to see with our own eyes to be sure that river basin in Thief River is clear."
The water level will begin to drop tomorrow, taking about two days before it falls the desired five to six feet, leaving some areas of the river as shallow as three feet. The water will hopefully be down by Wednesday, so authorities can start their search.
"We'll be checking, flying the whole river, and checking and making sure the car's not in there," says Deputy Kuznia.
The psychic also said that the visions she has about Gina have her possibly near cement or in a gated area.
The psychic wrote, "Whether it's a big block, a road, a bridge, it looks solid. It could be a gravel pile. The field would be a pile. Maybe on the left the old house is not far. She sees an old house less than a mile on the back road."
The Lappegaards want others to keep their eyes open and call in any information no matter how old or small.
Judy says, "This is a sister, an aunt, a daughter; you can't give up. I want to find her, and I'm going to find her. We are going to find her."
There is a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the whereabouts of Gina.
If you have any information, please call the Thief River Falls Police Department at 218-681-6161.