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Dive team will search for Anderson on Sunday

Gina Anderson

Law enforcement will continue the search for Gina Lin Anderson on Sunday.

The Thief River Falls woman last was seen the afternoon of Oct. 23 leaving her home in a yellow Pontiac Sunfire.

Thief River Falls police Chief Kim Murphy said a dive team from St. Louis (Minn.) County will bring in a remotely mini-sub with sonar that can map the bottom of the Thief River. Murphy said they'll search "areas of probability" where a vehicle might have gone in.

"We still have nothing to tell us that she is in the river," Murphy said. "There's still no hint of foul play. This is a missing persons case."

Anderson's father, Steve Lappegaard, led a family search Jan. 31 to determine if the car was in the river.

Jackie Pagel, Anderson's sister, said Friday that the family continues to search the river.

"We spoke with Steve on Friday morning," investigator Jim Van Schaick said "Steve said their search was partial. We still have areas of the river we're interested in looking at."

Murphy said he mapped out areas with Lappegaard so the dive team can cover as many angles as it can. Murphy said discussions with the Red Lake Watershed District indicate the deepest part of the Thief River is 18 feet in the reservoir area.

The dive team might have conducted its search in January had it not been for snowmobile races on the river.

"We're at their beck and call now because of staff and equipment availability," Murphy said. He's encouraging the public, especially in rural areas, to check unused garages and report anything noteworthy to the Pennington County Sheriff's Department at (218) 681-6161.

"We've received calls of possible sightings, possible information, but everything we've followed up has turned up negative," Murphy said. "It's so frustrating for the family."