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The Ste. Genevieve Sheriff’s Department held a press conference Thursday morning in regard to the disappearance of 52-year-old Lynn Messer in front of the sheriff’s department.

After Missouri State Highway Patrol Spokesperson Juston Wheetley read the formal press release that was sent out Wednesday, he introduced Kerry Messer, husband to Lynn Messer, who wanted to speak out to the media.

“I want to start by thanking everybody involved. First off, the press and news agencies, I want to thank you for showing up. We need your help,” said Kerry. “I want to thank Sheriff Gary Stolzer for tremendous job that he and his staff have been doing and all the law enforcement he has enlisted that have been so responsive. The literally hundreds of search and rescue people with their dogs and with their expertise that has helped through a very difficult process of elimination. To go through property that is very difficult to search, we wouldn’t be where we are today if it weren’t for their help.”

He continued to thank his family who stood with him during the press conference. He also thanked the countless number of people who have been helping with searching and the thousands who have joined them in praying they could find her.

Kerry then addressed his wife directly.

“If you can see this: We love you. I love you. I love you to the bottom of my heart,” said Kerry

“We are looking, we’re searching. We’re not going to quit until we find you. If you can respond in any way to let us know something, do so. If you’re in a situation where you can’t respond, don’t despair, we are not going to stop looking.”

Kerry made a plea to the public stating they have worked very actively and have covered about 1,200 to 1,300 acres of woodland, several hundred homes, and hundreds and hundreds of barns and buildings.

“We have got thousands of acres of woodland that is undeveloped that we need to get searched and we are going to need help doing that,” said Kerry. “If you live in Ste. Genevieve, Jefferson, St. Francois County region or anywhere else in the state of Missouri or this nation, I ask that you please search all your outbuildings, search your vehicles. If you own property in St. Louis that you hunt on, don’t wait until deer season, please come to your property this week and search your property. My family and I are pleading that you help us find Lynn.”

Lynn Messer was last seen July 8. Her husband woke at 4 a.m. discovering she was missing. He searched the home and property unable to find her. Authorities were then dispatched at 7:56 a.m. to their farm off Route DD.

The next 48 hours following the notification of Lynn’s disappearance Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Department called in assistance from numerous professional searchers. A massive search of the 270 acre farm was conducted along with surrounding acreage, roads and ponds in attempt to locate Lynn or any clues that may have been left behind.

Exactly one week after Lynn’s disappearance, authorities conducted checkpoints north and south of Lynn Messer's family farm early Tuesday morning to try to learn information about her disappearance.

According to a press release issued Wednesday, the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office conducted two check points between midnight and 8 a.m. Tuesday to ask motorists for any observation that they may have seen the week prior during the same time. Several observations are being followed up on.

Following the massive effort of professional searchers last week, the Messer family has enlisted volunteers who continue to conduct further searches of the property and surrounding areas.

These volunteer searchers are made up of individuals from Ste. Genevieve and Jefferson Counties. Besides family and friends of the Messer family, individuals from other states have joined the search as well. The volunteer effort to locate Lynn Marie Messer has been led by Kerry. For more information regarding the volunteer searches being organized, see the designated Face Book account labeled “Find Lynn Messer.”

The Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office has enlisted the assistance of the Missouri State Highway Patrol to help in the ongoing investigation into Messer’s disappearance.

The press release stated, "Information in regards to this ongoing investigation cannot be released at this time. All possible reasons or occurrences leading to Lynn Marie Messer’s disappearance will be investigated."

The Facebook page “Find Lynn Messer” has now reached over 4,000 likes and has received an outpour of support. 

Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office has also set up a tip line to receive any information from the public that may be useful to finding Lynn. The tip line number is 573-883-5820 ext: 27463.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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