FARGO — Fargo police said Tuesday, May 4, that 30-year-old Jessica Houser has been located and safe.

A man claims he was with the missing Milnor, N.D., woman, and told WDAY-TV in a series of Facebook messages he saved 30-year-old Jessica Houser's life, and that there was a misunderstanding.

The unidentified man said he was with Houser at a lake cabin sobering up, and that he would tell the whole story for money.

Houser's dad reported her missing Monday, May 3. He was the last one to see her after she visited him at Centre Inc. around 9 p.m. Thursday, April 29.

He said she was going to go to the Holiday Station on North University Drive to grab some food, and was going to stay with an unidentified friend near downtown Fargo that night.

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The family felt Houser was in danger because they identified the man who claimed to know where Houser was, before he cutoff communication.

Houser's sister drove from Lidgerwood, N.D., to downtown Fargo Tuesday to pass out missing person posters.

Houser's family said Jessica, a mother of three, is battling addiction problems, but that has never stopped her from calling someone everyday.

"She always checked in and let us know she is ok whether she was on a bender or not," said her sister Hope Seelye.

Houser's family said Fargo detectives were slow to work the case because Houser is an addict.

"If this was a normal woman off the street, this would be a completely different story," said Seelye.

Fargo police adamantly disputed that. The department said the family was a huge help in digging up leads for Fargo police detectives, including finding the person of interest who is a stranger to Houser's family.

Fargo Police Lt. Chris Helmick speaks about the search for Jessica Houser during a press conference on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
Fargo Police Lt. Chris Helmick speaks about the search for Jessica Houser during a press conference on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. David Samson / The Forum