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Missing Woman: Donna Lee Ingersoll - MN - 12/16/1990

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Donna Lee Ingersoll

MISSING SINCE: December 16, 1990
LAST SEEN: Wabasha, Minnesota
SEX: Female
HEIGHT: 4' 9" in
WEIGHT: 106.0 lbs
EYES: Green
HAIR: Blond/Strawberry
TATTOOS: Tattoo of a cross on her right arm.

Contact Wabasha Police Department at 651-565-3261 with information.
Case #: 1990001542 NamUs MP #: 12048

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15 Yrs. Later, Cops Still Search For Missing Woman

Dec 17, 2005 6:04 pm US/Central

Wabasha, Minn. (AP) ― It's been 15 years since Donna Lee Ingersoll walked out of a Wabasha, Minn. house and was never heard from again.

She was 25 years old and had been in an argument with her boyfriend, Gary Murphy, of Plainview, Minn. Ingersoll didn't have any money or a coat when she was reported missing the night of Dec. 16, 1990. Murphy was probably the last to see her.

Police and Ingersoll's family and friends say they're still looking for answers in her disappearance.

"I think about her every day; it bothers me," Wabasha Police Chief Dave Kruger said. "It bothers me for the family that we can't give them some kind of closure."

Kruger pages through the case file about once a month, wondering if authorities could have done something differently.

Ingersoll's mother, Phyllis Ingersoll, fears her daughter is dead. "I would have to think there is foul play because she would have called, I'm sure of that, if she could," she said.

Kruger also guesses there was foul play, but there's no proof and he doesn't know who would have done it.

"It's one of those 'bang your head against the wall' kind of things," he said.

Few answers were found at the time in the search for Ingersoll. The case got more complicated when Murphy committed suicide the next summer.

One of Ingersoll's close friends, Mary Klein, said she doesn't think Murphy would have hurt Ingersoll.

"I know he made her happy," she said, adding that the couple had been writing a children's book together. "She would always talk about him. I think she loved him and he really loved her."

Klein said her friend had struggled with alcohol, but she remembers Ingersoll as a good person who loved children.

"I think it's such a waste that she's gone because she could have gone a long ways," Klein said.

On the anniversary of Ingersoll's disappearance, Kruger said he hopes people might come forward with information. He said police have tried every lead, but there's more work ahead.

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Unsolved missing person cases haunt investigators

4/5/2008 7:40:01 AM

By Heather J. Carlson

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN 

BYRON -- Every spring, Olmsted County Sheriff's Detective Dave Rikhus makes a trip to the same land south of Byron, looking for an answer to a haunting question: What happened to Linda Jean Anger?

"I've walked the area looking for any kind of a sign," Rikhus said.

But his efforts have turned up nothing.

The last time anyone saw the 40-year-old mother was May 7, 1993. Her ex-husband told authorities he dropped her off at the Olmsted County Courthouse for an appointment with social services. No one has heard from her since.

Anger is among the more than 101,000 missing adults and children in the United States, according to the National Crime Information Center. In Minnesota, 622 missing persons were listed last week, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

News about missing-person cases filled local headlines this week. The case of Patricia Richardson illustrated just how quickly a case can be solved. Richardson, 32, was reported missing from her home in Madison, Wis., on Tuesday and was believed to be in Rochester. In about 12 hours, authorities found Richardson safe in a mobile home near Chester Woods Park.

Then there was the story of Heather Ann Schmoll, a 17-year-old who ran away from her Stewartville home in 1993. Authorities announced this week that remains found in a Florida field 14 years ago are those of Schmoll.

While there are answers in these cases, hundreds of other missing-persons cases remain open in Minnesota -- including at least six in this region. For the families of missing persons and the officers investigating the cases, not knowing what happened is often the toughest part. In the case of Anger, Rikhus said he suspects she is dead and might be the victim of homicide. But without a body, he said, there is no way to prosecute anyone for the crime.

Wabasha Police Chief Dave Kruger has spent more than 17 years trying to find out what happened to Donna Lee Ingersoll. The 25-year-old Hammond woman disappeared on Dec. 17, 1990, after running out the backdoor of a Wabasha house following a fight with her boyfriend.

Kruger added, "There is probably not a day that goes by that we don't think about it."

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Donna Lee Ingersoll has been missing 20 years.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Wabasha Police Department

Police Chief Dave Kruger


Agency Case Number: 1990001542

NCIC Number: M-464381259

Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

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Cold-case team focusing on Ingersoll disappearance in Wabasha


Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 7:30 am | Updated: 7:35 am, Wed Jul 2, 2014.

John Weiss


WABASHA — For many years, former Wabasha Police Chief Dave Kruger tried to find answers to the Dec. 16, 1990, disappearance of Donna Ingersoll, who was last seen leaving her Wabasha apartment.


She was never found, and Kruger has retired.


Now, current Police Chief Jim Warren has taken up that quest and is adding a cold-case unit, calling on several others in the police and sheriff's departments, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and a national missing persons group to try to solve the vexing case.


Warren, who has been chief for about two years, said he decided to begin the cold-case project four months ago. He sent out emails seeking local help and the local team began meeting this spring. The BCA came down last week.


"It's to shed some light on the case that needs it," Warren said. Having nine people from the city and county looking at it will give nine different perspectives, he said. And having the BCA adds more insight. "This is not about any single person," he said. "This is strictly everybody coming together and acting as one."


On the day of her disappearance, Ingersoll, 25, had argued with her boyfriend, Gary Murphy, of Plainview. According to police reports at the time, she had no money or a coat when she was reported missing that winter night 24 years ago.


Her sister, Sharon Ziemer of Hammond, said Warren's re-opening of the case "is a good deal, and I know my family agreed to it, too." The family needs "to know if she's dead or alive, or what," she added.


She said her sister was "real friendly; she got along with everybody."


Their mother, Phyllis, died four years ago and will never know what happened to Donna. But if Donna is dead and her body is found, she will be buried in the St. Clement's Catholic Cemetery in Hammond near her parents, Ziemer said.


Wabasha County Sheriff Rodney Bartsh said he's glad Warren "has taken the bull by the horns.


"It would have been easy for him to sit back and let it sit on his desk," Bartsh said. "The family deserves closure, the community deserves closure and law enforcement deserves closure."


The sheriff said that when officers work on a big case, it becomes part of them. It affects them and they want to know what happened.


"I don't view myself as a cold-case detective," Warren said, adding that he wants to get people scratching away, looking, double-checking, thinking about different leads.


Kruger, Warren and Bartsh believe there are people out there who know something. "We do want to rattle some cages," Warren said.


Also, technology has advanced since 1990 so it's possible that something new could come into play, he said.


Another new twist will be that the case is going to get even more national exposure on social media. Warren has asked for help from the Community United Effort of the Center for Missing Persons to get out that information in hopes it will trigger a key clue.


The case is on several national websites already but some details are confusing or contradictory, Warren said. He wants the new site to be the main site people go to with correct information.


Yet, Warren said he knows chances of finding the truth are slim at best. "It's the needle in the haystack. But to me, not trying is worse than trying," he said.


"It won't get solved if we don't do something with it," Kruger added

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Missing woman Donna Ingersoll's sister hopes new search will bring answers


Posted: May 29, 2015 11:26 PM EDT

By Ali Killam, Reporter


MILLVILLE / WABASHA, Minn. (KTTC) -- It's a painstaking reality that no family should ever face, yet the family of Donna Ingersoll has been grappling with her disappearance for 25 years. Now, at the threshold of a new search effort, Donna's sisters are hoping for closure.


For the 25 years since Donna disappeared, her sister Chrissy Julson has turned to the power of words to deal with the pain of not knowing what happened to her 25-year-old sister Donna Ingersoll, the night of December 16, 1990 after she left her boyfriend's Wabasha house following an argument.


"We just want answers, because we really miss her," Julson says. Beginning Saturday, massive crews will scour much of Wabasha searching for any trace of Donna. It is a relief to the family, but also sparks more questions.


"Actually what took them so long?" Julson wonders. She says this is the first major search team she remembers ever trying to locate her sister.


Donna's other sister, Sharon Ziemer, remembers her sister every morning and night by looking at pictures. She also wonders why after so many years now is the time.


Rumors have swirled around that Donna's then boyfriend had something to do with her disappearance. Julson doesn't speculate, but says she definitely had an odd feeling about the relationship.


"When she was alone, she was herself," she says of her sister. "When she was with him she was more quiet, more reserved."


The last time Julson saw her sister alive, she says Donna was heading to a party with her boyfriend that upcoming weekend. That day, Julson had a premonition that continues to haunt her.


"I told her not to go," she says. "Truth is, I had a gut feeling something was going to happen to her."


It's hard to say what happened, when all Julson can think about is 25 years of so many missed memories.


"For one thing, she missed my graduation," says Julson. "She promised she would not miss it for the world, but she did. And, she missed the birth of my children."


Donna was a person who kept her word. Yet that fated night before Donna left her home for the last time, Julson made a promise she will forever keep to her missing sister.


"She goes, nothing is going to happen to me, I promise, but you guard these with your life," says Julson of two paintings of horses. Both Julson and Donna had a passion for them, that passion is now a bond Julson continues to hold on to.


"Not knowing, one way or the other that's the hard part, the puzzling part, the unable to heal fully part," Julson reads a poem she wrote to remember her sister. "We can't say goodbye, we can't say hello, because we don't know which one would be the best to say."


It hurts to think of what they could find this weekend, but the pain of not knowing is something Julson knows cannot heal with time.


"Yes, I hope so," Julson says in response to whether she hopes any new information is found. "I hope something turns up or somebody comes forward after all these years."


Police will be searching five different sites between tomorrow and Sunday to find any trace of evidence in connection to Donna's disappearance. Look for updates from the search on the NewsCenter this weekend.

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