Remains of missing mother found near Mabel

Adam Fravel | Madeline Kingsbury

A Fillmore County Deputy found human remains on Wednesday afternoon, June 7, north of Mabel, Minn. Thursday during a press conference, it was reported by Winona Police Chief Tom Williams that the Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the remains to be those of 26-year-old Madeline Kingsbury, who had been missing since March 31. 

Kingsbury was found off a low-maintenance public roadway in some brush off Highway 43 and was located using information – including digital evidence – generated during the Madeline Kingsbury investigation by the Winona Police Department, the Winona County Sheriff’s Office, the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office, the Southeast Minnesota Violent Crimes Enforcement Team and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) agents and crime scene personnel. 

Law enforcement personnel have arrested the father of Kingsbury’s children, 29-year-old Adam Fravel, on “probable cause” in connection to Kingsbury’s disappearance, according to Fillmore County Sheriff John DeGeorge. During a press conference Thursday, June 8, Chief Williams stated the same area had been previously searched for Kingsbury, but “was covered and concealed in such a manner that she was not visible.” Police did not discuss charges against Fravel at the press conference, but Winona County Detention Center records indicate Fravel is detained on a second-degree murder charge.

Police stated they’re still reviewing over 450 tips, conducting witness interviews and compiling evidence to lead to charges in the case, but representatives were unable to comment on charging decisions during the press conference. Winona County brought on Special Prosecutor Phillip Prokopowicz to handle the Kingsbury case last month.

“While the discovery was not what we were hoping for, we are thankful to be able to bring Maddie home to her family,” said Chief Williams Thursday. Kingsbury’s family stated, “The correct person has been arrested.” Kingsbury’s children, ages five and two, are in the care of her parents, David and Cathy Kingsbury, after Winona County Human Services officials removed them from Fravel’s care on April 4.

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