Sonar Searches of St. Croix River Turn Up No Sign of Missing Stillwater Woman

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The 24-year-old Stillwater woman disappeared early Saturday morning. She was last seen at her residence — in the area of Highway 95 and Poplar Street.

Three days of extensive searches in Stillwater — and in the St. Croix River — have turned up no sign of Abbey Russell.

The 24-year-old Stillwater woman disappeared early Saturday morning. She was last seen at her residence — in the area of Highway 95 and Poplar Street.

On Monday, a sonar search of the St. Croix River was conducted near the Stillwater Marina, but it turned up no sign of Russell, Stillwater Police Sgt. Jeff Stender said Monday afternoon. That area was searched after bloodhounds showed “moderate interest.”

There is no evidence of foul play, Stender said, but alcohol is believed to be a factor in Russell’s disappearance.

If you have any information, call the tipline, 651-351-4945.

Russell, a server at Pub 112, went out with friends Friday night after working the day shift, Stender said. She was home by about 8 p.m.

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Through text messages, Russell declined to go out with friends later that night, saying she had to work in the morning, Stender said. But Russell left her house at about midnight, and hasn’t been heard from since.

Just after midnight, Russell’s roommate heard Russell’s phone ringing several times without being answered, and eventually answered it, Stender said. That’s when she realized Russell had left on foot, without her keys, phone or purse.

Extensive ground and aerial searches have been underway since Russell’s disappearance was reported at about 2 a.m. on April 25.

After those searches didn’t produce any leads, police turned to the water on Sunday.

Dive crews on Sunday searched the St. Croix River near the Old Saw Mill Marina, just north of downtown, Stender said. On Monday, the dive team’s focus was near the Aiple property and the Stillwater Marina.

There is no indication Russell is in the water, Stender said, but that is the next step in a missing person search.

Russell is described as 5’-7”, 150 pounds, with shoulder-length brown hair and green eyes.

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