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Ste. Genevieve County woman missing since Tuesday still not found

Ste. Genevieve County woman missing since Tuesday still not found

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The search continues for a Ste. Genevieve woman who was reported missing by her husband from the family farm early Tuesday morning.

The Ste. Genevieve Sheriff’s Department was called in to help search for 52-year-old Lynn Messer who lives at the junction of Route DD and Dry Fork Road.

The St. Louis Regional Command Post and Eureka Search and Rescue is assisting along with K-9 teams, local fire departments and volunteers.

According to a press release issued by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Messer is "approximately 5-feet-tall, weighs 150 pounds and has blonde hair and green eyes. She has a broken right toe and does not have her walking boot with her. Messer’s purse, cell phone, and other personal items were left at the residence. Evidence at the scene indicates she may be in physical danger."

Ste. Genevieve Sheriff Gary Stolzer said law enforcement has remained busy searching the area.

“I was in the chopper with the highway patrol while guys were on the ground in case we spotted something that needed to be searched,” he said. “We have thoroughly searched the area along with following up on other avenues. There are volunteers traipsing over the areas we have already searched and I’m hoping they are widening the search like we are.”

“We have had a command center out there helping with the different types of searches. We were doing them with the dogs and different people had GPS units on them so we knew what areas we were covering and how dense we were covering them. Once one crew would get done with an area we would send another crew back in the same area with new eyes and different dogs.

Stolzer said situations like this are tough because law enforcement never knows how much is enough when it comes to searching for a missing person. He noted that the family property covers 300 acres and Messer's husband had mowed the property and moved the cattle. The sheriff said this becomes a problem for search dogs trying to follow a scent — one dog goes one way while another goes the other.

“There have been a lot of good people who have come out and helped us,” Stolzer said. “Eureka Fire District and many others that came down with their mobile command centers along with all their equipment. They had to map this out and have been very helpful. The civilian help has pretty much taken over now because we are following up on all other aspects of the case.”

A Facebook page titled, “Find Lynn Messer,” had as its original purpose to keep the public up to date on the latest news regarding the missing woman and to provide a way for volunteers to contact the family to assist with the search. Within four hours of creating the page it had already received over 1,000 likes, as well as an outpouring of support, monetary donations and supplies. Less than two hours later, however, the page had been removed.

In addition to asking for volunteers and assistance with supplies and donations, the page also requested those living within a 20-mile radius of Messer's last know whereabouts to check their property and out buildings, etc.

Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Messer or who may have seen the missing woman are asked to contact 911 or the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office at 573-883-5215.

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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