1990 case of missing woman Donna Ingersoll revived - KMSP-TV

Wabasha police reopen 1990 case of missing woman Donna Ingersoll

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WABASHA, Minn. (KMSP) -

The Wabasha, Minn., police chief says he is reviving the 1990 missing persons case of 25-year-old Donna Ingersoll, a case that has haunted the department for decades.

"It's been very haunting," Dave Kruger, who was police chief when Ingersoll went missing, told Fox 9 News. "This is one of those cases that's always stuck in the back of your mind."

Kruger's successor, Chief Jim Warren, now hopes a new unit dedicated to solving cold cases -- coupled with new technology and social media -- can help find Ingersoll, or at least bring closure to her relatives.

"I have to see it through," Warren said. "I can't let it sit here and wait for a phone call from somebody saying they know something. I want to be proactive instead of reactive."

Police reports from the original case said Ingersoll had an argument with her boyfriend the day she went missing. She was last seen running out the back door of her Wabasha apartment at about 11:45 p.m. on Dec. 16, 1990. She reportedly left without her purse, car or money, and it was unclear whether she had a winter coat.

Ingersoll was known to leave town, but she always came back within a week. This time, it was different, and police suspected foul play. A year after she disappeared, her boyfriend committed suicide. While he hasn't been ruled out as a suspect in her disappearance, investigators have not found a body and don't know exactly what transpired.

"There's not a day that goes by I don't think about this case," Kruger said.

Police do say that they've found new information in the past two months; however, at this point in the investigation, they can't share it. Instead, they hope the story will gain traction on social media and generate more leads to follow.

Ingersoll's sister, Sharon Ziemer, told the Rochester Post-Bulletin that her family agreed to reopening Donna’s case because they need "to know if she's dead or alive, or what.” In an interview with Fox 9 News, Ziemer told Fox 9 News she is grateful police are re-upping their efforts -- but she believes her sister is still alive.

"I've never given up," Ziemer said. "I'm always hoping. I'm sure someone knows. If they have a conscience, they should come forward."

Chief Warren, Wabasha County Sheriff Rodney Bartsh and former Wabasha Police Chief Dave Kruger all believe there’s someone out there who knows something about the case If you have any information, please contact Wabasha police at 651-565-3261.

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