Madeline Kingsbury Cause of Death: How a Missing Mom’s Body Was Found and Her Ex Arrested

Madeline Kingsbury, a 26-year-old clinical researcher and mother of two, went missing on March 31, 2023, after dropping her children off at daycare in Winona, Minnesota. Her disappearance sparked a massive search and investigation that lasted for more than two months. On June 9, 2023, authorities announced that they had found her remains in a wooded area in neighboring Fillmore County and arrested her ex-partner, Adam Fravel, on suspicion of second-degree murder. Here is what we know about the tragic case of Madeline Kingsbury and the alleged involvement of her ex.

The Disappearance of Madeline Kingsbury

According to NBC Chicago, Kingsbury and Fravel had both dropped their children off at daycare on the morning of March 31, which did not seem unusual to the daycare owner. Kingsbury’s sister, Megan, said she had last heard from her in a text message that same morning. She had sent her a funny photo the night before and received a reply from her around 8:30 a.m.

When Kingsbury did not show up for work at Mayo Clinic, where she was a clinical researcher, her family and friends became worried and reported her missing. Police searched her home and found no signs of struggle or foul play. They also checked her phone records and bank accounts and found no activity after March 31.

Police said they were unable to name a person of interest or a suspect in the case but said there was not believed to be a threat to the public. They repeatedly said Kingsbury’s disappearance was believed to be “involuntary” and “suspicious”. They also asked for the public’s help in providing any information or tips that could lead to finding her.

The Discovery of Madeline Kingsbury’s Body

After 69 days of searching, the body of Madeline Kingsbury was found on June 9, 2023, in a culvert along a gravel road, off State Highway 43. It was on property “routinely maintained” by Fravel family members, near the home of Fravel’s parents. The body was wrapped in a fitted sheet and enclosed with Gorilla tape. A knotted towel was wrapped around her head and neck. An autopsy report determined the manner and cause of death as homicide and homicidal violence.

Police said they had received a tip from an anonymous caller who claimed to have seen Fravel driving a truck with a trailer near the area where the body was found. They also said they had obtained surveillance footage from nearby businesses that showed Fravel’s truck and trailer on March 31. They tracked down the trailer and found traces of blood inside it that matched Kingsbury’s DNA.

The Arrest of Adam Fravel

On the same day that Kingsbury’s body was found, police arrested Fravel on probable cause in connection to her disappearance. He was later charged with second-degree intentional murder and second-degree unintentional murder. Bail was set at $1 million with conditions.

According to the criminal complaint, Fravel and Kingsbury were in the process of separating and that she had recently met someone else. The complaint also included allegations that Fravel had previously physically abused Kingsbury and threatened to kill her if she left him. Fravel also allegedly told investigators he was “infatuated” with the case of Gabby Petito, who was killed by her fiance in 2021 as they were traveling across the western United States.

Fravel has denied any involvement in Kingsbury’s death and has pleaded not guilty to the charges. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 20.

The Impact of Madeline Kingsbury’s Death

The discovery of Kingsbury’s body and the arrest of Fravel have brought some closure to her family, friends, and community, but also grief and anger. Kingsbury was described as a loving mother, a dedicated researcher, and a kind person who had a bright future ahead of her.

Her children, ages 2 and 5, are currently in the custody of Kingsbury’s father. Her sister, Megan, said she hopes they will remember their mother as someone who loved them unconditionally.

Kingsbury’s case has also raised awareness about the issue of domestic violence and the need for more resources and support for victims. According to MPR News, Winona County Attorney Karin Sonneman said she intends to hold Fravel accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

“We have heard from so many individuals about how wonderful a person Maddi was. She had a bright future, and Mr. Fravel took that away from her,” Sonneman said. “We intend to hold him accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

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