It has been a month since 52-year-old Lynn Messer went missing from her Ste. Genevieve home. The Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Department, along with several other agencies have performed various types of searches in the area of the family home since the morning she disappeared.
Messer's husband, Kerry, awoke early on the morning of July 8 to discover his wife missing. He searched the home and around the property where she would typically be. Around 10 a.m. that morning the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Department was called in to help with the search.
After the authorities were done with their initial searches, volunteers took over and combed over the area once more. Since then they have expanded the search further and further from the home.
The flyer giving Messer's information has been hung in store fronts throughout the area and beyond, along with being circulated through social media. Lynn’s husband explained why he chose the picture that is on the flyer.
“We definitely prefer the photo that we have because we believe that the photo we have is not the most attractive,” said Kerry. “It’s a picture her sister took when they were at the hospital before her father passed away, Lynn had been up all night and she had a tired look on her face.
"She didn’t have a huge smile or anything and she looked a little ragged. We are thinking that is the closest likeness that she would probably look today.”
Kerry also said they dropped the reference to the broken toe because it’s been a month and it was only the pinky toe.
“It wasn’t a bad break and she could walk with a limp as it was, so I doubt she is even limping by now," he said. "There is no reason having people looking at her foot when we need them looking at her face.
"We also made a reference to the fact that she may or may not even have her glasses. We are confident that she had her glasses when she left, but I know she is rough on them. She was always going to an eyeglass facility asking for an adjustment on her eyeglass frames and she also has a problem with one of the lenses staying in.
"We are just doing what we can and what we can think of and the sheriff’s department is in charge of(investigating) any potential sightings.”
The family has tried to get people focused on taking flyers to any kind of eyeglass business and talking to people there about the fact that she may come in off the street asking for help with her glasses.
They are also still sending teams out into several thousands of acres of undeveloped woodland in the region and continue to mark the searched areas off on the map as they get the acreage knocked out.
Kerry also said the Missouri Baptist Pathway Newspaper is going to run some type of an article in their next edition. The paper circulates throughout the state of Missouri and they print and mail out every other week.
“We haven’t found her anywhere around here so that encourages us that she is still alive somewhere, but the fact that we have no clue where to look and no clue as to where that might be has brought us to our wits end,” said Kerry. “So that is why I felt like I needed to put a personal letter to her on the Facebook page praying she will somehow see that and know that this is where she belongs.
"The only thing we have got to go on is that her prescribed pain medication could have had an adverse effect on her mind.”
Kerry hopes that it will help others to understand that they may not be looking for someone who knows she is Lynn Messer. He believes that it’s the only real explanation.
The letter Kerry Messer wrote addressing his wife Lynn directly on the “Find Lynn Messer” Facebook page reads:
“Lynn – I love you with all my heart! 34 years is not enough, when you are in love!
"My heart aches for you. It has been 30 days since you disappeared from our home. We don’t have a single clue what has happened and we are looking for you everywhere we can think of.
"All we know is that the pain pills your doctor prescribed can have a severe reaction, causing you to be totally confused. We fear that you may not even know for sure who you are.
"This confusion can lead you to be fearful of people around you and cause you not to trust anyone. It can also lead you to go places without understanding why you are there.
"Please ask anyone for help, especially any law enforcement officer! They will help you find your way back home. Or you can borrow anyone’s phone and call me privately and I will come get you."
For more of Kerry's message to his wife visit the “Find Lynn Messer” Facebook page.
Anyone with any information in regards to the disappearance of Lynn Messer is asked to contact the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Department’s tip line to report anything that may be useful to finding Lynn. The tip line number is 573-883-5820 ext: 27463.