According to police documents, the father of a missing Minnesota woman’s two children has been detained on m*rder suspicion. According to the Winona County Sheriff’s Office, 29-year-old Adam Fravel was detained and booked for second-degree m*rder on Wednesday.
The Winona Police Department posted on Facebook that on Wednesday, “using information generated during the Madeline Kingsbury investigation,” police discovered human remains close to Mabel, Minnesota. As a result, Adam Fravel has been detained by law enforcement on the basis of probable cause in connection with her disappearance.
Police reported that Kingsbury, 26, vanished on March 31 after dropping off her two children, a boy, and a girl, both under the age of two, at daycare.
Bring Me The News confirms the news on its official Twitter account:
BREAKING: Adam Fravel, the ex-partner of missing Madeline Kingsbury and the father of her two children, is in jail for probable cause murder. https://t.co/NK88cOoie5
— Bring Me The News (@bringmethenews) June 8, 2023
That afternoon, Kingsbury was due to pick up the two kids from daycare, but he never did. Police noted in early April that Kingsbury’s lack of response to multiple calls and messages from family and friends was “extremely out of character for her.”
Tom Williams, the chief of the Winona Officers Department, stated that officers were “concerned for her safety” and that they believed Kingsbury’s absence to be “involuntary” and “suspicious.”
According to CBS Minnesota, Fravel has denied having any involvement in Kingsbury’s disappearance. He told police that on the day of her disappearance, he left their home in a blue minivan after dropping the kids off at daycare, and when he returned, she was gone.
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Fravel submitted a long denial of involvement two weeks after Kingsbury vanished, according to CBS Minnesota.
I have cooperated with law enforcement at every turn over the past 12 days, including by agreeing to several interviews with Winona County law police. Maddi’s absence has nothing to do with me. My 5-year-old and 2-year-old’s mother needs to be located and returned safely. I want it more than anything, in part, Fravel said in a statement provided to CBS Minnesota via his lawyer.
The two kids were initially placed in the county’s care before a judge decided they should remain in “relative foster care,” according to CBS Minnesota. Since then, they have been residing with their maternal grandparents, according to the station.
A judge turned down Fravel’s Monday petition for custody of the two kids on Tuesday.
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