WINONA, Minn. (FOX 9) - Winona law enforcement confirmed the human remains found alongside a remote stretch of Highway 43 Wednesday afternoon is Madeline Kingsbury.
Winona Police Chief Tom Williams said a Fillmore County investigator located Maddi’s body around 1:30 pm. Wednesday, June 7, in a wooded area along a remote stretch of gravel road on Highway 43. The investigator was following up on a tip related to electronic evidence and checked the area where he located the body.
"We’re relieved that Madeline has been found after months of intensive searching and grateful for the extraordinary efforts by law enforcement, other first responders, and volunteers," David Kingsbury, Maddi's dad, said in a statement to FOX 9.
Because of the discovery, police arrested Adam Fravel, the father of Maddi's children, on suspicion of intentional second-degree murder. Police said he was taken into custody around 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday without incident at a residence in Mable, Minnesota. Law enforcement would not comment on whether Fravel talked to investigators after the arrest.
The area where Maddi's body was found had been previously searched by volunteers and law enforcement, but there were efforts made to conceal her body and it was not visible from the road, police said. Maddi's body was not found on property belonging to the Fravel family but was within several minutes of it.
"We’re certain that the correct person has been arrested, will be charged, and convicted of his crimes. Things are moving in the right direction there and we look forward to getting justice for Madeline. For right now we will mourn as a family and properly and respectfully lay her to rest," David Kingsbury wrote in a statement.
Police would not comment on Maddi's preliminary cause of death and are waiting for an autopsy report from the Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner's Office. BCA special agent Michelle Frascone said law enforcement would not be commenting on potential charges for Fravel during the press conference to protect the case and potential prosecution.
"We have said that we will hold anyone involved in Madeleine's disappearance accountable, and we are here to tell you that we will hold steadfast on that commitment," Chief Williams said during a press conference Thursday. "We are asking everyone to respect the family's privacy and allow them the time to grieve and mourn the loss of Maddi."
Here’s what we know about Maddi's disappearance so far and the timeline of the investigation.