It has now been nearly a month since Lynn Messer went missing from her family home in rural Ste. Genevieve County on July 8. Since then countless emergency responders, canines and volunteers have searched the nearly 250 acres the home sits on and the surrounding area.
The family has not stopped searching since her disappearance and have widened the search area as well.
The Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Department continues investigating leads as tips come in on the hotline. Sheriff Gary Stolzer said his department has been following every lead they receive in the search to find Messer.
“Volunteer search parties have pretty much taken over and expanded out searching other areas of condensed woodlands, area homes, outbuildings and properties,” said Stolzer. “Our department has been following up on tips we receive through the hotline.”
When she was first discovered missing by her husband at 4 a.m. that morning he searched the areas around the property where she would typically travel. At 10 a.m. the sheriff’s department was notified of her unknown whereabouts and within hours the St. Louis Regional Command Post and Eureka Search and Rescue was assisting along with K-9 teams, local fire departments and volunteers on scene.
At a press conference Lynn's husband, Kerry Messer, finally spoke to the public about her disappearance and pleaded with the community and beyond to help in the search by checking hunting properties that may not be visited often.
A Facebook page titled “Find Lynn Messer” was also put up and received an outpour of support.
Anyone with any information regarding to the disappearance of Lynn Messer is asked to contact the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Department’s tip line at 573-883-5820 ext: 27463.