The cases of three missing people in the region remain unsolved as of Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 13.
Robert McKinnon, Anne Fitzsimonds and Craig Melton all went missing within two weeks of each other from different locations in the region. Although their cases and circumstances are all very different, what they have in common is that they all have family and friends who are still left in limbo without answers. But the search continues.
Robert McKinnon was last seen around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in the 4500 block 36th Avenue South in Fargo after he walked away from a local memory care facility, according to the Fargo Police Department.
McKinnon is 5-feet, 7-inches tall with grey hair, hazel eyes, glasses and a medium build. He is 80 years old and was last seen wearing a black John Deere hat, blue jeans and black and grey plaid shirt.
He was said to have been spotted on surveillance video from just after 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1, at Love's Travel Stop, 3220 39th St. S.. However, it was later determined the individual in that footage was likely someone else.
As of Oct. 7, McKinnon's whereabouts remain unknown, according to the Fargo police.
Anyone with information regarding McKinnon's whereabouts is asked to call the department's tip line at 701-241-5777. Members of the public who believe they may have seen him are asked to call 911 immediately.
Anne Fitzsimonds of Inkster, N.D., was last seen Sunday, Oct. 4, near Petersburg, a town about 47 miles west of Grand Forks on Highway 2, according to an Oct. 7 press release from the Nelson County Sheriff's Department.
Fitzsimonds was reported to have walked away from a small gathering around 1:30 a.m., only wearing a leather jacket, jeans and cowboy boots to protect her from the wind and below-freezing temperatures. She also had been drinking and possibly using drugs.
On Thursday, Oct. 8, two planes were sent out to search tree lines and sloughs for evidence after a foot search the previous day covered 4 miles in each direction from the house came up empty. Since that initial aerial search, numerous ground and air searches by police, along with Fitzsimonds' family, friends and community members have turned up nothing in the 20 square miles covered, according to an Oct. 13 update by WDAY Reporter Matt Henson.
Police are not calling her disappearance suspicious; however, in the Oct. 13 update, Henson reports Fitzsimonds had several cell phones and had recently cheated on her husband of nearly 30 years, and her new boyfriend had ended up with the truck she was driving the night she went missing.
According to the Nelson County Sheriff's Department, there have been two potential sightings of Fitzsimonds — one on the afternoon she disappeared, at a gas station on Highway 2 in Michigan, N.D., and the other just two days later south of Cando, N.D.
Anyone with information or who can help authorities with their search for Fitzsimonds should call the Nelson County Sheriff's Department at 701-247-2474.
Craig Rodgers Melton was last seen Sept. 17 in Fargo while driving his red 1999 Saturn SL with an Oregon license plate that read 653KYU. He was reported to be driving two unidentified males to Belcourt, N.D.
Melton is described as 5-feet, 11-inches tall, 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a T-shirt, according to information from the Fargo Police Department after his disappearance.
Melton's car was discovered in a wooded area on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in early October. Melton's mother, Paula Rodgers, said investigators told her the dashboard and back seat of the vehicle had been ripped out.
Multiple men were arrested Thursday, Oct. 8, and reportedly provided information to authorities that led to a grid search of 100 acres of property in Rolette County on Friday, Oct. 9.
Paula Rodgers on Friday said police did not find her son's remains, and investigators said they are now looking for several other people who could have information.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Rolette County Sheriff's Office are investigating the case.