On Wednesday, June 7, 2023, there was a new development in the case of Madeline (Maddi) Kingsbury’s disappearance. Adam Taylor Fravel, age 29, was booked in the Winona County Jail at 7:12 p.m. on June 7, 2023, charged with Murder – 2nd Degree – With Intent – Not Premeditated.
During a press conference at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, 2023, Winona Police Chief Tom Williams shared that a body had been discovered around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, off of a low maintenance road in a wooded area.
The body was covered and concealed in a way that it was not visible. It was later confirmed that the identity of the body was that of Madeline Kingsbury.
Williams shared that “the family never gave up, law enforcement never gave up, and the community never gave up.” He continued, “We’ve been keeping the blue light shining for Maddi.”
“Please respect the family’s privacy and allow them to mourn the loss of Maddi,” requested Williams.
Fillmore County Sheriff John DeGeorge stepped up to the podium, and shared, “This is not the outcome we had hoped for.”
DeGeorge indicated that Adam Fravel was arrested at a residence in Mabel, Minn., and he was arrested without resistance.
Numerous members of the Winona Police Department, the Winona County Sheriff’s Office, the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office, the Southeast Minnesota Violent Crimes Enforcement Team, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) agents and crime scene personnel, and the Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office have been working together on the Madeline Kingsbury case.
In the State of Minnesota, a second-degree murder conviction carries a sentence of 15 years to life in prison.
Timeline of Maddi’s disappearance
Madeline Kingsbury has been missing since the morning of Friday, March 31, 2023.
The father of her children, Adam Fravel, went with her to drop their children off at daycare shortly after 8 a.m. Fravel then left with Madeline’s minivan to go to work. When he returned to Maddi’s residence, she was gone. She did not show up at daycare later that afternoon to pick up her children, and she did not contact anyone to make arrangements to pick up her children – which was very unlike her.
She was last seen at her home in Winona, Minn., on the morning of Friday, March 31, 2023. She did not show up for work at the Mayo Clinic that day.
When the search for Maddi began, Winona Police Chief Williams indicated that she owned a 2014 dark blue Chrysler Town & Country minivan. As the case was developing, investigators believed that Madeline’s van was seen traveling from Winona along Highway 43 to the eastern part of the Fillmore County area. Between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., her van was seen along Highway 43 in Fillmore County, Minn. Her vehicle did return to her Winona home by 1:30 p.m.
Law enforcement had searched her van and residence. They located her wallet, ID, phone and the jacket she has been wearing earlier that day.
During the month of April, more than 2,000 concerned citizens searched hundreds of acres along Highway 43 between Winona, Minn., and Mabel,