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Search continues, but still no sign of missing Stillwater woman

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The search for a 24-year-old Stillwater woman is ongoing, nearly a week after she went missing.

Abbey Russell has not been seen since about midnight Friday at her home on North Broadway Street, and Stillwater police have been looking for her ever since.

Her case was also featured on the Nancy Grace program on HLN Wednesday evening.

Police say Russell left her house on foot, and the last contact she had with family members was early Saturday morning.

Search crews have been looking for Russell on the ground, in the river and by air since she disappeared, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

According to FOX 9, officials searched the St. Croix River near the Stillwater Marina on Monday afternoon with sonar equipment, but found no sign of her.

Volunteers from western Wisconsin, near Russell's hometown of Fall Creek, came to Stillwater Wednesday to help with the search, her older sister Ashley Marg told WEAU in Eau Claire.

Supporters also gathered in downtown Stillwater Wednesday afternoon to pray for Russell, KSTP reports.

"Out of character"

Russell, who works as a server at Pub 112 in downtown Stillwater, left without her keys, cellphone, purse, identification, money or her dog, said her father, Ken Russell.

He told the Pioneer Press it's out of character for Abby to be out of touch.

"It's very, very strange, and we're very worried," Ken Russell told the newspaper.

Russell moved to Stillwater a few weeks ago from Pensacola, Fla. She graduated from Fall Creek High School in 2009.

While Russell hasn't yet been found, Marg told WEAU the outpouring of support from friends and the community on the search organizers' Facebook page has lifted the family's spirits.

Prayer services will be held for her at 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday across from Pub 112 in Stillwater.

Russell is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. She has shoulder-length brown hair and green eyes.

She has several tattoos, including a large one of flowers and feathers that wraps around her upper right arm to her elbow, and another of a black flower on her left forearm with words under her left armpit. She also has a pierced nose and pierced ears.

Anyone with information about her location is asked to call Stillwater police at 651-351-4945.

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