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Son shares another perspective on disappearance

The search is still on for Lynn Messer who has been missing for more than two weeks.

The Ste. Genevieve Sheriff’s Department is continuing their investigation while family members, friends and volunteers continue with search parties.

Lt. Lance White with the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Department said they are still following up on leads that come in on a daily basis.

“There have been a lot of 'sightings' and we have been able to establish that it was in fact not Ms. Messer,” said White. “It seems to be a reoccurring event that we follow up and it turns out to not be her. There have been reports from all over, gas stations, fast food places or even walking down a road.”

According to the “Find Lynn Messer” Facebook page, the family is still looking for volunteers to help. They have used various methods of searching, such as on foot, on horseback and in vehicles.

Lynn has been missing since July 8 when her husband, Kerry, woke at 4 a.m. to discover she was missing. He searched the home and around the property where she would typically be. When she wasn’t located, the Ste. Genevieve Sheriff’s Department was called in to help with the search at about 10 a.m. that morning.

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.

During a July 17 press conference, Kerry read a prepared speech which included a plea to help find Lynn. He even directly addressed Lynn during his speech.

For more information on the families search or to volunteer to help visit “Find Lynn Messer” on Facebook.

Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office has 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.

Her husband, Kerry is a conservative Baptist lobbyist and he founded the Missouri Family Network in 1984. He and fellow conservative layman Roger Moran formed the Missouri Baptist Laymen's Association in 1990, a gadfly alleging liberalism in moderate groups like the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and Baptist General Convention of Texas.

The Missouri Family Network (MFN) is one of Missouri First's best allies, according to their website. Kerry is the president of MFN and is also a registered lobbyist who works in Jefferson City on many of the issues. MFN and Kerry are supported by voluntary contributions from those who are interested in promoting their cause.

Kerry is well-known in the state capital as the head of a pro-life group and he’s often speaking out about pro-life issues as they relate to Show Me State politics.

Currently Kerry is a plaintiff, along with Missouri Baptist Convention leaders including Pathway Editor Don Hinkle, in a lawsuit against Gov. Jay Nixon challenging an executive order saying that while Missouri doesn’t recognize gay marriage, same-sex couples married in another state who reside in Missouri can file joint returns on state taxes.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or


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