Father of missing woman's children jailed in Winona County after deputy finds a body

Blue ribbons are all over the place
Blue ribbons adorn posts and trees surrounding Winona City Hall on Thursday in support of Madeline Kingsbury, who went missing. A press conference addressing her disappearance is slated for this afternoon.
Ken Klotzbach for MPR News

Updated June 8, 1:29 p.m. | Posted June 7, 9:25 p.m.

The father of a missing southeastern Minnesota woman’s children is in custody at the Winona County Detention Center. Authorities in Winona Thursday confirmed a body found in Fillmore County is the missing woman, Madeline Kingsbury:

The Winona Police Department posted that a body had been found based on information from the investigation into the disappearance of Kingsbury.

The jail’s roster lists Adam Taylor Fravel, 29, being held on suspicion of second degree murder, with a court appearance pending.

The jail record indicates he was booked in the jail Wednesday after 7 p.m.

Grow the Future of Public Media

MPR News is supported by Members. Gifts from individuals power everything you find here. Make a gift of any amount today to become a Member!

A profile image of a woman.
Madeline Jane Kingsbury
Courtesy of Minnesota BCA

In a statement on Facebook, the police department said that a Fillmore County deputy discovered human remains Wednesday afternoon near the town of Mabel, Minn.

“The body was found in some brush off Highway 43 and was located using information generated during the Madeline Kingsbury investigation. Because of this, law enforcement personnel have arrested Adam Fravel on probable cause in connection to her disappearance,” the statement read.

County authorities, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office are working to identify the body.

Kingsbury has been missing since March 31, when she didn’t pick up her children from child care. Several searches failed to turn up any sign of her.

Fravel has said that he had nothing to do with her disappearance. He has tried to seek custody of their children.