Woman's disappearance troubling

Gina Lin Anderson is known for keeping in constant contact with her family and friends, which makes her disappearance last week perplexing for those close to her.

Gina Lin Anderson is known for keeping in constant contact with her family and friends, which makes her disappearance last week perplexing for those close to her.

The 32-year-old Thief River Falls, Minn. woman was last seen leaving her home Thursday afternoon in her car and has not returned.

"She's very close to me, her parents, her sister," Jeremy Anderson said Monday of his wife of 13 years. "She's always thinking about everyone else - never misses a birthday or anniversary."

Jeremy Anderson, who returned home from work around 6 p.m., thought Gina Anderson was gone for a trip to the grocery store and called her parents when she failed to return after a while. He said he was "up all night" before reporting her missing to authorities the next morning.

Law enforcement and those who know Gina Anderson are especially concerned for her because she left her personal belongings at home, including her purse, identification and anti-seizure medication.


"She needs it in order to function," Jeremy Anderson said.

Aerial and ground searches Saturday were unsuccessful, and authorities were no closer Monday to finding Anderson than they were last week, Thief River Falls Police Chief Kim Murphy said.

"We've had just a couple of leads over the weekend we're trying to chase down," he said, adding authorities are checking areas Anderson has been known to frequent.

Authorities conducted searches that were citywide and covered all of Pennington County. A statewide Minnesota Crime Alert was issued, and authorities are considering expanding the notice to other states, Murphy said.

Foul play is not suspected in Anderson's disappearance based on interviews with her family and witnesses, Murphy said.

"We're trying to find her because of medical concerns," Murphy said.

Gina Anderson, who works at the Petro Pumper convenience store in Thief River Falls, had Thursday off and planned to spend the night with her husband when he returned from work, Jeremy Anderson said.

A construction crew working on a house across the street from the Andersons' home saw her leave that afternoon in her yellow Pontiac Sunfire, Jeremy Anderson said.


Gina Anderson spoke with crew members - who have previously seen her at her job - before she left and did not appear to be upset at the time, he said.

Authorities have investigated possible sightings of Anderson, including one at a gas station in Pelican Rapids, Minn., on Friday afternoon and one at West Fargo's Rendezvous Park that night. Neither was 100 percent confirmed.

Family and friends conducted a wider search for Anderson on Sunday and distributed missing person flyers. Five vehicles with two or three people took separate routes from Thief River Falls to Fargo on main roads as well as side streets, Jeremy Anderson said.

"It's frustrating," he said. "We want her to come home; we love her very much and we hope she's under her own power to do that."

Gina Anderson is blond, 160 pounds and 5 feet 4 inches tall.

Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki contributed to this report.

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