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Post  milly on Wed 2 Nov - 21:33

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Blog of Idaho Suspect Mentions Minn. Girl

By STEVE KARNOWSKI
The Associated Press
Friday, July 8, 2005; 8:49 PM

MINNEAPOLIS -- The convicted sex offender accused of kidnapping two children in Idaho wrote about a missing Minnesota girl on his Weblog, and investigators are now looking into whether he might have had anything to do with her disappearance.

On his Internet diary, Joseph Edward Duncan III wrote in early 2004 that he was afraid he'd be blamed for the disappearance of 5-year-old Leanna "Beaner" Warner.

The little girl was last seen June 14, 2003, after leaving her home in Chisholm, some 190 miles east of Fargo, N.D., where Duncan lived.

Chisholm Police Chief Scott Erickson said Friday that investigators are trying to determine if there's any more of a connection between Duncan and Leanna's disappearance. But he acknowledged it's a long shot in a frustrating case.

"In reality, every community that has a missing child is going to try to connect this guy to it," Erickson said.

Duncan is charged with abducting 9-year-old Dylan Groene and 8-year-old Shasta Groene from their home, where their 13-year-old brother, their mother and her boyfriend were bludgeoned to death. The bodies were found May 16. Police say Duncan also is a suspect in the killings.

Authorities had been looking for Duncan since he jumped bail in Minnesota on charges of molesting a 6-year-old boy on a Detroit Lakes playground in July 2004.

In a posting dated Jan. 4, 2004 _ more than six months after Leanna's disappearance _ Duncan wrote that he just found out about the case.

"I tried to figure out what I was doing that day, since I'm always afraid of getting accused when something like this happens," he wrote.

Leanna's father, Chris Warner, told the Duluth News Tribune for a story published Friday he found it unsettling that Duncan would mention his daughter's disappearance.

"I'm worried sick," Warner said. "It's kind of a double-edged sword. You hope it's not the case, but you also come away relieved knowing that there's something."

Erickson said FBI and state investigators were trying to determine if Duncan was in the Chisholm area around the time Leanna disappeared. He said he hadn't heard of any such evidence as of Friday.

Duncan wrote that according to his entries in Quicken, a personal finance computer program, he had gone to watch two co-workers parachute out of an airplane on that day. He also went shopping, but couldn't find the receipts.

Duncan called his journal "Blogging the Fifth Nail" _ an allegorical reference to Christ's suffering on the cross. He used it as a soapbox to vent over the stigma of being a convicted sex offender, and wrote that finding out about Leanna was "the proverbial last straw" that led him to start the blog.

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Post  milly on Wed 2 Nov - 21:33

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Jul 9, 2005 3:04 pm US/Central

FBI Looking At Duncan In Case Of Missing MN Girl

(WCCO) The FBI is investigating to see if the Fargo, N.D. man accused of kidnapping two Idaho children can be linked to the case of a missing Chisholm, Minn. girl.

It is unclear if 42-year-old Joseph Duncan was in the area at the time of Leanna Warner's disappearance more than two years ago.

Police are searching for receipts, transactions and anything else that can tell them where Duncan was around the time Warner disappeared.

Duncan kept a blog named "The Fifth Nail" that began with mention of Warner.

In the blog, he wrote that he started the blog because he figured he'd be accused in Warner's case and wanted to account for his whereabouts.

In one entry, Duncan wrote he had just found out that a five-year-old girl went missing from Chisholm.

He continued to say he went to watch a couple friends skydive that day and made some purchases at a grocery store, but police said all the receipts are missing.

It has all been unsettling to Leanna's family who have been anxiously waiting, wondering if this will be a break in the case.

Kaelin Warner, Leanna's mom said, "We'd be relieved if it's something because we could actually have something to go on instead of sitting her wondering. But in another way we don't want this man to have had anything to do with her."

Kaelin said this seemed to be the strongest lead yet.

"This man actually put her name in his first entry of his blog or diary whatever you'd call it that he wrote in," Kaelin said. "We find that extremely odd and we don't understand why anybody who wasn't even questioned about her would think to make up an alibi."

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Missing girl's family to resume searching


The family of a missing Chisholm girl plans to search again this week for traces of her, and they'll have the help of a private investigator who helped crack two other high-profile missing person cases in Minnesota.

Leanna Warner, nicknamed "Beaner," was 5 when she was last seen near her home June 14, 2003.

The renewed search stems from the possibility that convicted sex offender Joseph Edward Duncan III, of Fargo, N.D., might have been in northeastern Minnesota about the time of Leanna's disappearance.

Private investigator Bob Heales was to meet with the family Monday to plan the weeklong search.

Heales helped find the bodies of Dru Sjodin near Crookston and Erika Dalquist near Brainerd last year. He also has helped the Warners before. He's been a private investigator for about 26 years and has offices in Minneapolis and Denver and a home in Crosslake.

Duncan was recently charged with murder and kidnapping in an Idaho case that has attracted national attention. He also was charged earlier in a child-molestation case in Detroit Lakes.

Investigators started looking closer at Duncan's movements after learning he had posted a message on his Web log saying that he had heard of Leanna's disappearance and expected to be blamed for it.

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Post  milly on Wed 2 Nov - 21:34

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Duncan ruled out as suspect in disappearance of Minnesota girl
7/20/2005, 8:04 p.m. PT
The Associated Press

CHISHOLM, Minn. (AP) — Investigators have ruled out convicted sex offender Joseph E. Duncan III as a suspect in the disappearance more than two years ago of a 5-year-old Chisholm girl, police said Wednesday.

Police Chief Scott Erickson issued a statement saying that "based on investigative results pertaining to where (Duncan) was on the day (Leanna Warner) disappeared, it has been determined that he is not a viable suspect in our case."

Leanna, nicknamed "Beaner," was last seen on June 14, 2003, walking alone about a block away from her home in Chisholm.

Her father, Chris Warner, in the midst of a renewed three-day search north of this Iron Range town, said the announcement came as both a relief and disappointment.

"It's a relief to know that an animal like that probably wasn't involved in her disappearance," he said. "But on the flip side, it kind of puts us back to square one."

Warner said his family won't completely let go of the idea that Duncan could have been involved until they hear authorities' reasons for ruling him out.

Duncan, 42, of Fargo, N.D., is charged with killing three people at a north Idaho home. Authorities also allege he kidnapped 8-year-old Shasta Groene and her brother, 9-year-old Dylan and sexually assaulted them.

Shasta was discovered with Duncan at a Coeur d'Alene restaurant July 2. Dylan's body was found a few days later at a remote site in western Montana.

While it is The Associated Press' policy not to identify alleged victims of sexual assault in most cases, the search for Shasta and her brother was so heavily publicized that their names are widely known.

Minnesota authorities began checking into Duncan's possible involvement in Leanna's disappearance after learning that he had mentioned her disappearance in a posting on his Web log in January 2004, expressing fear that he'd be blamed.

It also emerged that he might have been in northern Minnesota roughly around the time she went missing.

The news about Duncan prompted private investigator Bob Heales to organize this week's renewed search, focusing on remote camping areas and forests that are similar to where the Idaho boy's remains were found.

Heales, who helped in searches last year that recovered the remains of two missing Minnesota women, said searchers didn't find any evidence Wednesday but planned to continue Thursday, using a bloodhound.

Warner said the chief told him he was passing on information from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and didn't know specifically why Duncan was being discounted. Warner said he was promised a meeting with a BCA agent Thursday.

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Posted on Tue, Jun. 13,

Officials to release age-enhanced image of missing Chisholm girl

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CHISHOLM, Minn. - Authorities have scheduled a news conference this afternoon to release an age-enhanced image of a missing Chisholm (CHIS'-uhm) girl.

Leanna Warner -- nicknamed "Beaner" -- was five when she was last seen near her home on June 14th, 2003.

Chisholm Police Chief Scott Erickson, B-C-A Special Agent Dave Bjerga (BYEER'-guh) and members of Beaner's family will attend today's news conference at Chisholm City Hall.

They'll also give an update on the investigation.

On the Net:

Find Leanna Warner site: http://www.findbeaner.org

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Posted on Tue, Jun. 13, 2006

Police create new image of missing Chisholm girl

BY LEE EGERSTROM
Pioneer Press

Artists for law-enforcement agencies have released an age-enhanced image of Leanna Warner in hopes that it will help the public locate the Chisholm, Minn., girl, who disappeared three years ago when she was 5 years old.

The computer-drafted image was released today at a news conference in Chisholm attended by Chisholm police, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and members of the Warner family.

Warner disappeared from her home in Chisholm on June 14, 2003. She went to visit a friend who she played with daily, but no one was home and Warner did not return to her own home.

No information about her whereabouts has been gathered despite a nationwide Amber alert and thousands of hours of searches in the area of the northern Minnesota town. Law enforcement agencies have followed more than 500 leads, but nothing has helped locate her or explain her disappearance.

Local and state authorities, however, have determined she was most likely abducted. Police ask anyone with information about the girl's whereabouts to call 218-254-7915.

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Leanna Warner missing for three years

Post  milly on Wed 2 Nov - 21:39

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Anniversary marked
Leanna Warner missing for three years
Veda Ponikvar
Mesabi Daily News
Tuesday, June 13th, 2006 10:22:34 PM


Today marks the third anniversary of the day when five-year old Leanna Warner, daughter of Chris and Kaelin Warner, was abducted from her neighborhood on Second Street Southwest in Chisholm.

Her abduction left the Iron Range community stunned that anything would or could happen was beyond all comprehension.

Within hours, area and state law enforcement officials descended upon Chisholm. Countless volunteers also responded as a vast search got under way.

The Vaughan-Steffensrud Elementary School became the operational headquarters and an entire square block was cordoned off for search and rescue efforts.

The school's kitchen, under the direction of Rosie Marino, began preparing meals for the more than 700 volunteers who came to aid the Warners in search for their daughter. For six days, Marino's team of volunteers made the food and served the hungry who combed the woods, the lakeshore, the highways and ditches and the perimeters of mine pits. Businesses, not only from Chisholm, but also the Iron Range, donated the food.

The FBI, rescue squads, and the law enforcement crews commented constantly about the determination, the support and concern of the unrelenting volunteers.

"My wife and I cannot forget the tremendous outpouring of volunteers — from the entire law enforcement community to the youth, the working citizens who took the time to be with us and the older population who consoled us and gave us hope," said Chris Warner.

"When the six days of intensive search were over, our police department continued searching in specific areas along with myself, Kaelin, my parents, Wallace (Butch) and Lois Warner. Over the past three years, there were dozens of directed searches."

Despite the fact the Warners have not found their beloved daughter, they haven't given up hope.

"We have hope" as much today as when the incident first happened," said Chris.

"There has been nothing to show; neither is anything different. I remember coming home and receiving a page for an ambulance run. I already had several ambulance runs that day. Kaelin and Leanna came home from a city-wide rummage/garage sale. As Kaelin was showing me the purchases, Leanna left to play with her friend down the street. Suddenly I had a strange feeling that she was gone," recalled the choked up father.

"We just want to thank the Chisholm Police Department for their vigilance and constant checking. I talk frequently with Police Chief Scott Erickson and Officer Mel Maturi," continued Warner.

On Tuesday, the Chisholm Police Department and Dave Bjerga, special agent with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), held a press conference in Chisholm during which an age-enhanced image was released to the media.

"Though three years have passed since Leanna was reported missing, this is still an important, active investigation for us," said Erickson.

This image will help us show the public what we expect Leanna to look like as an eight-year-old girl.

She was last seen wearing a denim dress with a belt. She has brown hair and brown eyes, was 3 feet, 2 inches tall and weighed about 48 pounds.

She has a mole on her left leg, just above her ankle, and goes by the nickname “Beaner."

The BCA arranged for the enhanced image in cooperation with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. More than 600 children nationwide have been found as a result of age-enhanced photos.

"We need the public's help in solving this case, and this image will help authorities draw new interest to Leanna's case," said Bjerga.

"We're hopeful that we can find Leanna and bring this case to a positive conclusion."

Anyone with information about Leanna's whereabouts is asked to call the Chisholm Police Department at 254-7915 or their local law enforcement through 911.

"We can't thank the people of the community and area enough for their great support," said Chris Warner. "When the days are darkest, they are there to comfort and encourage us. With our faith and gratitude, we look forward to the day when Leanna will knock at the door."

Leanna's grandmother, Lois Warner, has watched her family struggle during the past three years. But in turn, she also has watched her family grow.

“We learned to love one another more, she said. “We have learned that one never knows what tomorrow brings, and that we must cherish our loved ones today and not wait for tomorrow. There are times when I still cry and times when I feel angry and cheated.

It's during those times, Lois Warner said, the family has been supported and have been prayed for by others.

“We live in faith that Leanna will be found, she added. And that we will see her again.

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Missing girl's parents take case to TV

BY DAVID HANNERS
Pioneer Press

Leanna Warner's parents, Chris Warner and Tiffany Kaelin Whittaker, tell the "Maury" show their daughter appeared one day with a stash of Barbie dolls and clothes but would only say she'd gotten them from "a little old lady."

The girl also packed a suitcase a week before she vanished, saying she wanted to go live at her "new family's house," Whittaker said, according to excerpts released by the show.

St. Paul Pioneer Press | 10/10/2006 | Missing girl's parents take case to TV

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AP Wire | 10/11/2006 | Missing girl's parents say she behaved oddly before disappearance

Posted on Wed, Oct. 11,

Missing girl's parents say she behaved oddly before disappearance

CHISHOLM, Minn. - The parents of Leanna Warner say their daughter was behaving strangely in the weeks leading up to her disappearance in 2003. Leanna Warner's parents, Chris and Kaelin Warner, told the syndicated TV show "Maury," hosted by Maury Povich, that their daughter appeared one day with a case filled with Barbie dolls and their clothes, but would only say she'd gotten them from "a little old lady."

And they say that two weeks before she disappeared, they found Leanna sleeping in the closet. "She said there were monsters outside her window," Chris Warner told the Duluth News Tribune. "I actually went out and looked, because you never know if there's a footprint out there. The second time, I said: 'They won't get you.' That was a real eye-opener. Our flags kind of went up at that time."

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Post  milly on Wed 2 Nov - 21:42

Missing girl's grandmother recalls family's anguish


Richard Meryhew, Star Tribune
Last update: December 02, 2006 – 9:21 PM


Lois Warner, 55, is the grandmother of LeeAnna Warner, who was 5 when she disappeared in June 2003 near her home in Chisholm, Minn. Despite an exhaustive search of LeeAnna's neighborhood in the hours and days afterward and several follow-up searches over the years, investigators have yet to find out what happened to the girl.

In the aftermath of the Nov. 22 disappearance of brothers Tristan White, 4, and Avery Stately, 2, on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, Lois Warner talked about her feelings and her family's experience after LeeAnna vanished.

Q. What was your initial reaction when you heard about the missing boys?

A. Oh, no! ... And I guess fear for this family, watching them on TV and knowing what they are going through -- knowing the fear and panic they are going through and the lack of sleep. ... And hoping that it goes easier for them than it went for us. ... I can't imagine the grief that family is going through.

Q. What was the hardest part of the search for a missing child?

A. When the big search is over and you don't have any answers and you have that letdown and everybody goes home. And you look at each other and say 'Oh, my God, now what?' It's a very lost, helpless feeling.

Q. What advice would you give to the family of Tristan and Avery as they continue to search for the boys?

A. Work with the media. Don't hide from them because you are scared, like we did. ... And work with authorities and remember that they are doing their job the best they can and that they are human beings and that they too are grieving with you and want to give you answers. ... And get used to people you don't know loving you, and accept their help and caring. It's hard when you are so overwhelmed with grief that all you want to do is be alone. [But] you can't afford that emotionally and spiritually.

Q. What have you learned in your experience with LeeAnna's case that has helped you survive the darkest days?

A. Don't allow your thinking processes to get out of control because it does no good to envision the worst. There are certain areas where I won't let my brain go. ... Stay strong, stay focused, be courageous and know that you are not alone.

Q. As time passes, does it get any easier for you to deal with what happened?

A. No, it doesn't. ...You just have to have a very strong faith. And if you don't have faith, you have problems. You don't have anything tangible to hang onto. We have channeled it well and we have a strong faith. And we have a great support network.

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Alleged Groene Kidnapper Connected To Disappearance of Missing Minnesota Girl?

Post  milly on Wed 2 Nov - 21:42

Alleged Groene Kidnapper Connected To Disappearance of Missing Minnesota Girl?



On Friday, July 8, 2005 police learned that Joseph Duncan, the man charged with kidnapping Dylan and Shasta Groene, wrote last year about missing 5-year-old Leanna Warner on his Weblog. Leanna has been missing since June 14, 2003. Investigators are looking into whether he might have had anything to do with her disappearance.

In his Internet diary, Duncan wrote in early 2004 that he was afraid he would be blamed for the disappearance of the missing 5-year-old.

In a posting dated January 4, 2004, Duncan wrote that he just found out about the case. This was more than six months after Leanna's disappearance.

"I tried to figure out what I was doing that day, since I'm always afraid of getting accused when something like this happens," he wrote.

Leanna was last seen June 14, 2003, after leaving her home in Chisholm, some 190 miles east of Fargo, N.D., where Duncan lived.

Chisholm Police Chief Scott Erickson said Friday that investigators are trying to determine if there's any more of a connection between Duncan and Leanna's disappearance. But he acknowledged it's a long shot in a frustrating case.

"In reality, every community that has a missing child is going to try to connect this guy to it," Erickson said.

Leanna's father, Chris Warner, told reporters he found it unsettling that Duncan would mention his daughter's disappearance.

"I'm worried sick," Warner said. "It's kind of a double-edged sword. You hope it's not the case, but you also come away relieved knowing that there's something."

Erickson said FBI and state investigators were trying to determine if Duncan was in the Chisholm area around the time Leanna disappeared. He said he hadn't heard of any such evidence as of Friday.

Duncan wrote that according to his entries in Quicken, a personal finance computer program, he had gone to watch two co-workers parachute out of an airplane on that day. He says he also went shopping but he couldn't find the receipts.

Duncan called his journal "Blogging the Fifth Nail" -an allegorical reference to Christ's suffering on the cross. He used it as a soapbox to vent over the stigma of being a convicted sex offender, and wrote that finding out about Leanna was "the proverbial last straw" that led him to start the blog.

Police say Joseph Duncan, the man charged with kidnapping Dylan & Shast Groene, wrote last year about missing 5-year-old Leanna Warner on his Weblog.

A Puzzling Disappearance

Leanna was last seen near her house on June 14, 2003.

In the small town of Chisholm, Minnesota, pictures of five-year-old Leanna Warner hang from storefront windows and telephone poles. It's a constant reminder to this community of 5,000 of a search that started June 14th, 2003 -- the day little Leanna Warner disappeared.

That afternoon Leanna and her family had just returned from a family trip. Leanna asked her mom if she could visit a nearby friend. Leanna's mom gave her permission and at 4:30 in the afternoon Leanna walked toward her friend's home. She wore a belted denim dress and was barefoot. The path she took would have led her to a gravel alley two houses down and then to Southwest Third Street.

On Third Street, she would have passed a few houses, ant dunes and grass peeking out from cracks in the sidewalk before getting to her friend's house. According to police it takes an adult, walking slowly, a little less than two minutes to travel the block and a half. Leanna knocked on the door of her friend's house, but no one was home.

Police say a neighbor saw her pet a dog and she began to head west sometime between 5 and 5:15 p.m. Leanna usually checks in with her parents every 20 minutes. On this afternoon too much time passed and her mom began to worry. Forty-five minutes after Leanna first left home, her parents launched a frantic search of the neighborhood. Shortly before 9 p.m. they called police and reported her missing.

The Investigation

Leanna goes by the nickname "Beaner"

Vaughan-Steffensrud Elementary, where Leanna attended school became the command center for her search. Police and volunteers walked shoulder to shoulder and combed a two-mile radius around the city -- searching roads and ditches. Helicopters and boats checked woods and bodies of water. Bloodhounds tried to sniff out Leanna's scent.

Police went door to door in her neighborhood. They've followed every lead and interviewed friends and family extensively. They now believe it's likely that someone took the outgoing and fearless five-year-old.

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Hibbing man sentenced in jail killing

May 07, 2008

ELK RIVER, Minn. — A Hibbing man will spend at least 30 years in prison for beating a fellow inmate to death with a handrail in the Sherburne County Jail in 2006.

Twenty-nine-year-old Bruce William Christenson pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of first-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Carl Moyle of Elk River.

Sherburne County District Judge Alan Pendleton sentenced him afterward. Christenson will not be eligible for parole for 30 years.

Moyle, 28, was in jail because he didn’t have proof of insurance for the truck he was driving and had prior convictions for lack of insurance.

Christenson had been transferred to Sherburne County from a maximum-security prison for a hearing on a charge of armed assault against an inmate. He was serving a nine-year sentence for a 2006 aggravated robbery in Hibbing.

He told the judge he spent three hours pulling the handrail off the wall so he could kill someone with it. He said he picked Moyle only because he was close by.

Moyle’s family is suing the county, saying it should have held Christenson in a high-security area of the jail.

Among other contacts with the law, Christenson was questioned in connection with the 2003 disappearance of LeeAnna Warner, the Chisholm girl who still has not been found. On Sept. 12, 2003, Christenson pleaded guilty to making terroristic threats against Kaelin Warner, the mother of LeeAnna Warner, who was 5 when she disappeared.

According to the criminal complaint in that case, Kaelin Warner told police she told Christenson she wanted him to talk to police about her daughter’s case. Christenson told Warner he would sue her for defamation and blamed her for his problems. He said he had a gun and would shoot and kill her, the complaint alleged.

Seventeen criminal cases were filed against Christenson in St. Louis County District Court in Hibbing between 1997 and 2006.

In addition to his long history of involvement with the criminal courts, Christenson has been the subject of several mental health evaluations dating back to 2000.

During a court hearing in February, Christenson attempted to attack the prosecutor in open court.

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Interview With Parents, Police Chief Searching for Missing Girl Leanna Warner

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Interview With Parents, Police Chief Searching for Missing Girl Leanna Warner

Aired June 23, 2003 - 09:35 ET

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DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: Tough story now out of Chisholm, Minnesota. Police there say they are redirecting officers to work through hundreds of leads in a case of a little girl who has been missing for 10 days. Leanna Warner never came back from walk to her neighbor's house. The town's chief of police and the girl's parents are trying to remain positive. Kaelin and Chris Warner and Chief Scott Erickson joining us now from Minnesota. Thank you for joining us in such a difficult, difficult time.

The Warners, let me talk to you first. I can only even begin to imagine what this must be like at this particular time. Why is now the time to come out and speak about your little girl? Are you trying to keep her name and her face in the media?

CHRIS WARNER, LEANNA'S FATHER: No. We feel it's important that we continue to search here for her. You know, but we need everybody's help (UNINTELLIGIBLE) to bring our daughter home. We believe that she's here. She we believe that she's alive. We need the help.

KAGAN: Kaelin, let me bring you in here. Take to us the day of June 14 and the last time someone saw Leanna.

KAELIN WARNER, LEANNA'S MOTHER: She had a wonderful day at the lake, playing, laughing. Just energetic, as she always is. And we came home and she was tired but the wanted to go see her friend real quick, just like she does everyday. And that was the last time we saw her in this nightmare began.

KAGAN: She walked down to the neighbor's house, nobody was home. Did somebody see her trying to walk back home?

K. WARNER: We're not even quite sure of that one. There's been reports, that, yes, she was seen. But nothing official yet.

KAGAN: And for people who might be wondering about her being unsupervised, please explain the kind of neighborhood you live in with a lot of kids running around and kids going from one house to another.

K. WARNER: We live in God's country up here on the (UNINTELLIGIBLE) Range. Everybody knows everyone. You know all of the children in the neighborhood. If you didn't know Leanna personally, you knew of Leanna. And you could call each other out by name and all the kids would come running. Everybody just hung together in a group in our whole neighborhood. And it's very safe, or was. KAGAN: Chief Erickson, let me bring you in here, now. This has been going on a number of days, there are so few leads. What is the new turn in how you're redirecting this case?

CHIEF SCOTT ERICKSON, CHISHOLM, MINN. POLICE: Well, after a week of extensive searching done by hundreds of thousands of people, we've determined that somebody must have played a role in Leanna's disappearance. So, as of today, as we have during the course of last week, we've got approximately 30 investigators that have been chasing down leads that have come in on this case.

And right now, we're looking at over 550 leads. It takes a lot of man power to track those down. Unfortunately, none of those leads have given us any information as to what's happened to Leanna or where she may be.

KAGAN: Chief Erickson, there's been some criticism in how your department has handled this case. First of all, no Amber Alert was ever issued. What do you say to that?

ERICKSON: Well, the truth of the matter is, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was contacted right away to discuss an Amber Alert. But what people do not understand is in order for an Amber Alert to be effective, you have to have some additional information other than a missing child. And in this case, we don't have any information as to a description of an individual that she may have been last seen with, or a vehicle description.

So, in essence, you'd issue an Amber Alert for a missing child. If we did that on a regular basis, we'd have hundreds of Amber Alerts issued everyday for missing kids and the Amber Alert would be ineffective.

KAGAN: Kaelin and Chris, that has to be so frustrating to hear that as parents, to be told, I'm sorry, we just can't issue an Amber Alert for your child because there's not enough information for you. You know your child is missing, she's not home where she belongs. And that would simply have be enough information, I would think.

K. WARNER: It is frustrating, but the amount of support that we've received from the police department, we understand they have done everything that they could...

ERICKSON: And continue to do.

K. WARNER: ... and continue to do so. The people in this town have come together like you wouldn't believe. It's overwhelming the support we've had through this.

KAGAN: And finally, Chris, people can see at the bottom of the screen that the Web site that's been set up it's called FindBeaner.org. Explain your daughter's nickname, please.

C. WARNER: Beaner, that nickname came when she was born. Actually, my wife had started that just because she looked like a pod with a bean. It just kind of stuck with her her whole life. She even refers to herself as that.

KAGAN: Well she's a beautiful little girl. There's somebody out there who knows what has happened to her. And we wish you the best in finding that information and bringing your daughter home safely.

C. WARNER: There has to be somebody with some information. And again, as a family, we would ask the nation to go to that Web site and download a picture, post it and pass it on.

K. WARNER: Get the word out.

C. WARNER: Get the word out so we can get our daughter home.

KAGAN: You're doing that yourself. I'm sorry. Go ahead, Chief.

ERICKSON: Also, the Chisholm Police Department has a reward of up to $10,000 for the safe return of Leanna. We believe somebody has to know something. It's unusual for something like this to happen and nobody to see or hear anything at all.

But you know we believe that there's -- you know, friendships or people out there that just don't want to say anything because they don't want to get involved. And we are -- we implore anybody that knows anything at all about this case, please call us right away so we can put an end to this. It is truly a nightmare.

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C. WARNER: We need people to get involved.

KAGAN: Absolutely. Impossible to justify keeping a little girl away from her parents.

To the Warners, we wish you the best. Good luck. And, Chief Erickson, thanks for coming with us. Once again, we appreciate it.

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Five years later, answer is no closer in LeeAnna Warner disappearance

Published: Sunday, June 15, 2008 11:11 PM CDT
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CHISHOLM Five years after LeeAnna Warner's disappearance, Chisholm Police Chief Scott Erickson says investigators have nothing solid to go on despite pursuing nearly 1,700 leads.

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Leanna Warner: Police in Chisholm, Minn. are not giving up on the search for 5-year-old Leanna Warner. The little girl went missing on June 13, 2003 when she stepped out of her house to go visit a neighbor. Now, cops are looking into people who attended a Chisholm event around the time when Leanna went missing, hoping to find new clues that will help them learn what happened to the little girl.

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Cops Look Into Chisholm Event For Clues

Chisholm Police Chief Scott Erickson said that they are not giving up on the search for missing Minnesota girl Leanna Warner. In fact, a new lead is keeping them very busy.

Erickson says that at the time when Leanna went missing, there was an event in Chisholm, Minn. that attracted people from different parts of the surrounding areas. Investigators have been trying to make contact with all the people that attended that event to see if any of them knows something that may lead them to Leanna.

Leanna was last seen June 14, 2003, after leaving her home in Chisholm.

Leanna knocked on the door of her friend's house, but no one was home.

A Puzzling Disappearance

In the small town of Chisholm, Minn., pictures of 5-year-old Leanna Warner hang from storefront windows and telephone poles. It's a constant reminder to this community of 5,000 of a search that started June 14, 2003 -- the day little Leanna Warner disappeared.

That afternoon Leanna and her family had just returned from a family trip. Leanna asked her mom if she could visit a nearby friend. Leanna's mom gave her permission and at 4:30 p.m., Leanna walked toward her friend's home. She wore a belted denim dress and was barefoot. The path she took would have led her to a gravel alley two houses down and then to Southwest Third Street.

On Third Street, she would have passed a few houses, ant dunes and grass peeking out from cracks in the sidewalk before getting to her friend's house. According to police, it takes an adult, walking slowly, a little less than two minutes to travel the block and a half. Leanna knocked on the door of her friend's house, but no one was home.

Police say a neighbor saw her pet a dog and she began to head west sometime between 5 and 5:15 p.m. Leanna usually checks in with her parents every 20 minutes. On this afternoon too much time passed and her mom began to worry. Forty-five minutes after Leanna first left home, her parents launched a frantic search of the neighborhood. Shortly before 9 p.m. they called police and reported her missing.

The Investigation Continues

Vaughan-Steffensrud Elementary, where Leanna attended school, became the command center for her search. Police and volunteers walked shoulder to shoulder and combed a two-mile radius around the city -- searching roads and ditches. Helicopters and boats checked woods and bodies of water. Bloodhounds tried to sniff out Leanna's scent.

Police went door to door in her neighborhood. They've followed every lead and interviewed friends and family extensively. They now believe it's likely that someone took the outgoing and fearless 5-year-old.

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http://www.startribune.com/local/20393864.html?location_refer=Local%20+%20Metro

Five years after LeeAnna Warner disappeared, no solid leads

June 18, 2008

CHISHOLM, Minn. - Five years after LeeAnna Warner's disappearance, Chisholm Police Chief Scott Erickson says investigators have pursued nearly 1,700 leads but still have nothing to go on.

"And that's just hard to believe, but the fact is its true," he said.

On June 14th, 2003, 5-year-old LeeAnna walked to a friend's house near her home. The friend wasn't home and the little girl nicknamed "Beaner" hasn't been seen by her family since.

A search in the Iron Range town by hundreds of volunteers and law enforcement officers turned up nothing. A lake was drained, the family made appeals on national television, but searchers are no closer to finding the girl.

Erickson, who has been the Chisholm chief since 1999, said he thinks about the case every day. "So that, I mean, that kind of takes its toll," he said.

Erickson said that most of the recent tips have been thin.

"We continue to get an occasional lead," he said. "However, most of them we're not able to trace down. Because someone will call us up and tell us that two years ago they saw someone they thought looked like LeeAnna Warner. And that's their tip. That gets frustrating."

He said that despite the years that have gone by and all the time investigators have put into the case, someone out there still knows something that could break open the case.

"They might think that we've already heard it, but they've never talked to us," he said. "And that's one of the hopes I have, is that somebody who knows something will come forth and give us that little piece of the puzzle that will put this whole thing together and bring this case to a resolution."

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Adam Walsh Case A Reminder of Minnesota Missing Children
Created on: 12/17/2008 05:29:52 PM
By: Laura Kennedy

After 27 years, Adam Walsh's murderer has been named. His father, John Walsh, says he's relieved the waiting is finally over.

"It's about justice," said Walsh. "It's not about revenge or vigilantism. It's not about closure. We'll always--Reve always says we'll have that hole in our heart for the rest of our lives. But it's about justice and yesterday ended that chapter in our lives."

But two local families are still searching for justice and closure.

Perhaps the most famous Minnesota child abduction case is that of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling. On October 22, 1989, Jacob was riding bikes with his brother and a friend near his home in St. Joseph when a masked gunman approached them. The man told Jacob's brother and friend to run and not look back or he would shoot them. The man then grabbed Jacob by the elbow and walked toward a wooded area. Jacob has not been seen or heard from since.

Authorities have gotten multiple tips and possible leads in the Wetterling case, most recently in 2004 when a man resembling Jacob was found in Warroad. A fingerprint sample proved the man was not Jacob. Almost 20 years later, the case is still unsolved.

On June 14, 2003, 5-year-old Leanna Warner, also known as "Beaner," went missing near her home in Chisholm. She was last seen around 5 p.m. on her way to a friend's house. When her parents hadn't heard from her 45 minutes later, they launched a frantic neighborhood search. But there was no sign of Leanna.

However, police say they aren't giving up. The investigation is open and police are still looking for leads in Leanna's disappearance.

Even though they now have their answer, the Walshes continue to mourn the loss of their son. But they take comfort in knowing Adam's death helped revolutionize the way authorities handle missing children cases.

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Police Hoping Enhanced Photo Will Generate Leads

Jun 14, 2010 8:59 am US/Central



CHISHOLM, Minn. (AP) ―Chisholm police are hoping an age-enhanced photo of a missing girl will generate new leads in her disappearance seven years ago.

Five-year-old LeeAnna Warner went missing June 14, 2003 while on her way to a friend's house. Police have investigated hundreds of leads, but none has provided any answers to the girl's mysterious disappearance.

Police Chief Vernon Manner says the release of the age-enhanced photo should generate more leads on a national scale. Manner tells KDLH-TV he expects most leads will be look-a-likes, but says they'll investigate every one of them.

The photo shows what LeeAnna would look like at age 12.

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LeeAnna Warner: Missing seven years

By The Associated Press |Updated: 1 hr ago

CHISHOLM, Minn. (AP) -- Monday, June 14th marks the 7th anniversary of the disappearance of LeeAnna Warner of Chisholm.

As part of an ongoing search, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children created a new age-progression photo.

Five-year-old LeeAnna Warner went missing June 14, 2003 while on her way to a friend's house. Police have investigated hundreds of leads, but none has provided any answers to the girl's mysterious disappearance.

Chisholm Police Chief Vernon Manner says the release of the age-enhanced photo should generate more leads on a national scale. Manner tells KDLH-TV he expects most leads will be look-a-likes, but says they'll investigate every one of them.

The photo shows what LeeAnna would look like at age 12.

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Police Looking For New LeeAnna Warner Leads

Posted Tuesday June 15, 2010 23 hours, 12 minutes ago

(Chisholm, MN) -- Police in Chisholm are hoping an age-enhanced photo of a missing girl generates new leads in the case. Five-year-old LeeAnna Warner went missing seven-years ago this week after walking to a friend's house. Chisholm Police Chief Vern Manner says an eyewitness saw the little girl knocking on her friend's door and when they didn't answer, she walked away.

Manner says that was the last time LeeAnna was seen or heard from adding they still don't really know any more about what happened to her than they did on the first day. Manner says they've generated around 16-hundred leads over the years and anyone with new information should contact the Chisholm Police Department.

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