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Volunteers continue grid searches for Isanti woman missing since Thursday

Amanda Jo Vangrinsven was last known to be at the Dugout Bar in Bethel.
Amanda Jo Vangrinsven

The search continues for 32-year-old Amanda Jo Vangrinsven, who hasn't been seen since last week. 

Her east-central Minnesota community has rallied around Vangrinsven's family and friends to organize searches to find the woman, who was reported missing on Aug. 6 after she didn't show up for work. 

Isanti police, in an update on Monday, said their preliminary investigation indicates Vangrinsven was last known to be at the Dugout Bar and Grill in Bethel, Minnesota, at around 11 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5. It's believed she left in a vehicle traveling in the northwest direction. 

"Investigators continue to work to ascertain what transpired after she left that location," police said. "This remains a very active investigation and not all information may be publicly available."

Initially, police said Vangrinsven was last seen "near" the Isanti VFW wearing a blue Twins shirt and jean shorts. 

WCCO is reporting Vangrinsven left work at the Isanti VFW on Aug. 5 to go to the Dugout Bar and then was apparently dropped back off at the VFW that night. Her vehicle was still parked outside the establishment on Friday, and the individual Vangrinsven was with is still under investigation. 

According to a Go Fund Me page set up to help with search efforts, Vangrinsven left the Dugout Bar with a now identified man who "has since vanished," noting it was "completely out of character" for her to not show up for work the next morning. 

Anyone with information on Vangrinsven’s whereabouts is asked to call the Isanti Police Department via Isanti County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at 763-689-2141 or call 911.

Daily searches planned

Family and friends have been working to "piece together the chain of events in her disappearance and locate her," the Go Fund Me says. 

Friends and family, with the help of police and surrounding Minnesota communities, began searching for Vangrinsven the morning of Aug. 7, and will continue to search daily until she's brought home, the page adds. 

A Find Amanda Facebook group says volunteers were planning to search again starting at the VFW at 8 a.m. Tuesday, noting family members intend to search the sometimes-rugged terrain until dark each day until she's found. 

Volunteers for ground searches, riders on horses with search training, ATVs and licensed drone operators are needed, with the group adding "water resources are not being requested at this time for search efforts."

Other needs for the searches include food and water, with the group noting donations can be made to the Go Fund Me

All donations will go directly to resources for search parties "that are covering large areas of land of all types, a reward for any tips that lead to Amanda’s whereabouts, and to her family impacted by travel, temporary housing needs, and food while searching continues," the Go Fund Me says. 

"We thank you and we thank all of those that are assisting in efforts to bring Amanda home, she is so loved. Thank you," the page says. 

As of Tuesday morning, the page has raised $3,755 of its $20,000 goal. 

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