Law enforcement officials and a national nonprofit have renewed their search for clues in an effort to crack a 25-year-old cold case in southeastern Minnesota.
Cadaver dogs, law enforcement officials and volunteers were scouring the land in rural Wabasha Saturday to try and find Donna Ingersoll, who was 25 years old when she was reported missing on Dec. 17, 1990, following a fight with her boyfriend, ABC 6 reports.
And some new information may help bring Ingersoll's family some closure after all these years.
"Last week, we had a tip come in that, quite frankly, was almost like a god-send, if you will," Wabasha Police Chief Jim Warren told KTTC.
Warren, who took over the case about two years ago, said someone was talking to him about the case and remembered something they didn't think they'd remember, which has led investigators in a different direction, ABC 6 says.
WXOW reports Warren is also going off a report of human remains found in the mid-1990s on a road where another lead alleged suspicious activity connected to Ingersoll's boyfriend at the time.
A team of about 80 people, including law enforcement officials and members of a national nonprofit, along with 20 cadaver dogs are participating in this expanded search effort, WXOW notes. The search area has been expanded to five new areas totaling roughly 140 miles, KTTC says.
They will continue their search Sunday.
Officials told ABC 6 that there's a small percent chance they'll find something, but they have to keep trying in an effort to bring closure to Ingersoll's family.
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Little is known about Ingersoll's disappearance, except for she had been drinking and had gotten into a fight with her boyfriend at the time and ran out the back door of her Wabasha home, The Cue Center for Missing Persons, which is involved with the search, says on its website. It was a cold winter night and it is unclear if she had a coat with her.
Ingersoll's boyfriend killed himself a year after she disappeared. He hasn't been ruled out as a suspect in her disappearance, FOX 9 reported