Authorities in North Dakota are still searching for a 47-year-old mother who went missing almost two weeks ago after leaving a small gathering on foot – and family members believe her disappearance may be linked to a love triangle.
Anne Fitzsimonds, 47, walked away from the party at a farm in the Petersburg countryside – at least 26 miles from her home in Inkster – around 1:30 a.m. on October 4. She wore only a leather jacket, jeans and cowboy boots, despite the freezing temperature, which dropped as low as 29 degrees.
“There was no reason for her to leave. Why she left, no one seems to be able to tell us, ”her older brother, George Niece, told the Grand Forks Herald, adding that the research in vast rural North Dakota has been “absolutely daunting.” “Scary, so scary. On the one hand, you want to find it, but on the other hand, you don’t want to find it; you just want her to come home.
Niece believes her sister’s disappearance may be linked to her long-standing battle with drug addiction and her recent infidelity in her 30-year marriage.
“In this case, there was a love triangle, I think, and I think there are drugs; it’s gonna be money. It doesn’t look good, ”Niece told the Herald.
Since news of her sister’s disappearance, Niece has temporarily quit her job in The Twin Cities to assist the Nelson County Sheriff’s Department with their search – and is offering a reward of $ 5,000 for useful information related to the ‘case. But the sheriff’s department says that at this point their investigation is still considered a “missing persons” case.
The sheriff’s office added that there had been two unconfirmed sightings of Fitzsimonds since October 4: one at a gas station on Route 2 in Michigan, North Dakota, and another two days older. late in Cando, about an hour away.
Nelson County Sheriff Keith Olson told the Herald that although the mother of two used to be away “for weeks at a time”, she usually contacted someone. People at the party, who may have involved drugs, also told authorities conflicting stories about the night, he added.
On Thursday, several investigators conducted a massive search of the Petersburg farm, assisted by five cadaver dogs and Valley Water Rescue. High winds, however, prevented their search and investigators could not find any evidence on the property.
“Police tracking dogs and corpses searched the area around Anne’s disappearance and nothing was found,” Niece wrote on Facebook Thursday night. “I still hope that Anne … will be found soon.”
Authorities have finally found Fitzsimonds’ truck, which her new boyfriend is said to have used last week. the Grand Forks Herald Also reports that the boyfriend, named “Brad” in Niece’s Facebook posts, drove the white van home the night the 47-year-old went missing.
The Sheriff’s Department said investigators were having difficulty locating the vehicle because there were multiple names on its title, including the owner of the farm, who voluntarily abandoned the car Thursday night.
“Yesterday the van that Anne bought from Connie and titled ‘OU’ with both of their names was seized by the police,” Niece wrote in a Facebook post Friday. “It’s over a week after she went missing and Brad, her adventure and Connie have been using it for the past week. This truck was back at the house where Anne was last seen, though apparently in Edinburgh the night she went missing.
Niece, who has described his little sister as a loving person, also makes sure her niece and nephew are taken care of during the “long way to go when their mom comes back,” he said on Facebook. In a GoFundMe page created by Niece for the children, he revealed that they “don’t get regular dental, medical or school care” and said the family’s home is in need of repairs.
“As we researched Anne and helped renovate the family home for the kids, we found that neither Valerie nor John had the basics that many of us take for granted,” GoFundMe says. “The children are amazing and everything given helps them grow into strong adults who can live and work in our community in eastern North Dakota.
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