Stillwater police are asking people who have boats docked on the St. Croix River to search their boats for signs 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.
Land, aerial and sonar searches on the river have turned up no sign of Russell.
Police are also searching for a Mouton Cadet Bordeaux wine bottle that Russell might have had with her on the night she disappeared, Stillwater Police Sgt. Jeff Stender said.
The bottle is considered evidence, Stender said. Anyone who finds the bottle is asked not to touch it and contact police.
If anyone has information regarding this case, please contact Stillwater Police Department @ 651-351-4900 or the police tip line @ 651-351-4945.
Russell’s family and friends are holding community prayers in the parking lots across from Pub 112 in downtown Stillwater at 3 p.m. on Thursday (April 30) and Friday, May 1.
Stillwater Mayor Ted Kozlowski said he spoke with Abbey Russell’s father yesterday.
“Abbey’s dad, with everything he is dealing with, took the time to call me as he wanted to thank me and everyone in Stillwater for the assistance from our police and fire departments as well as the support our community has shown his family,” Kozlowski wrote in a Facebook post. “He told me that Abbey absolutely loved this town and was looking forward to a future in Stillwater.
“I made a promise that even though Abbey had only been in town for a couple of weeks that we would treat this as if she were one of our own. In this town we take care of our people.”
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.
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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