Police: 'Foul play' suspected, vehicle of interest IDed in MN woman's disappearance


Rose Downwind disappeared about two weeks ago, and authorities now say they have identified two persons and a vehicle of interest, adding they believe foul play was involved.

The Bemidji Police Department said in a news release Thursday morning the ongoing investigation led to two people being identified as persons of interest: a 40-year-old male, and a 27-year-old male.

There is also a vehicle of interest – a pewter-colored 2002 GMC Yukon, with Minnesota license plate #325MGP, police said.

Anyone who saw the vehicle in the area north of Bemidji, any time from Oct. 19 to Oct. 29, is asked to call the Bemidji Police Department "immediately" at 218-333-9111.

The police department and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension "believe that foul play is involved" in Downwind's disappearance, the release says. She has five children.

Police Chief Mike Mastin told BringMeTheNews they have spoken with the men as part of the ongoing investigation, and noted neither are under arrest. The police department is also not asking for the public's help finding the men, Mastin said. (Note: BringMeTheNews typically does not name suspects who have not been charged with a crime.)

The investigation, the release says, has been focused on an area north of Bemidji, including Lake Bemidji State Park and the Buena Vista State Forest; specifically, they've looked at the area between the north end of Lake Bemidji and Lindgren Road, from County Road 9 and County Road 23.

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Downwind, 31 years old, was last seen on Oct. 21. According to authorities, her ex-boyfriend says he saw her leave her residence and get into a blue vehicle. She was last seen wearing black pants and a blue sweater.

Mastin told BringMeTheNews it's "fair to say" they're considering Downwind may not be alive, but they're still gathering evidence. He noted what they have at the moment is "zero contact for two weeks."

Downwind is the granddaughter of Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement. Banks is friends with TV's Duane Chapman, better known as "Dog the Bounty Hunter." Chapman recently offered a reward for information leading to Downwind's whereabouts.

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