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Madelyn Lingenfelter missing; car found on Mt. Rose FOUND

Madelyn Lingenfelter missing Nevada

December 12, 2018

The remains of Madelyne Lingenfelter were found on Monday just south of Sunridge Drive off the Mt. Rose Highway.  She was found by a a small group of people that were there looking for a Christmas tree.   The authorities are stating no foul play.


The family believes that Madelyn’s car was planted there and it was not her that drove it there.  This means that Madelyn could be anywhere.

The search for Madelyn has been called off as there are no other places to look. Any sightings or tips of Madelyn should be given to the Washoe County Sheriff’s office.

Madelyn Lingenfelter, 19, has been missing from Reno, Nevada since September 21, 2018.  Her car was found on Mt. Rose Highway.  Mount Rose is the highest mountain in Washoe County, within the Carson Range of Nevada.  Before that, Lingenfelter was seen on Wednesday in north Reno driving her 2004 gold Toyota Prius with Nevada license plate 314 F12.


A search has been in that area for several days but no one has been able to locate Madelyn.  Dogs have not picked up her sent and a helicopter has not spotted her from the air.  The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is wondering if Madelyn is even in the area at all.

Madelyn Lingenfelter

“It’s not often a search goes on this long where we don’t have any answers,” Bob Harmon of the Washoe County Sheriff’s office told the Reno Gazette Journal. “This is a group that prides themselves in finding people — getting them home safe — and it’s very hard when you haven’t reached that type of conclusion.”

Two dog teams and the sheriff’s office RAVEN helicopter were still searching the area at 1 p.m. Monday, but Harmon said the team will reevaluate how they are going to proceed this evening.


She is described as being 5 feet, 1 inch tall, 110 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.

If you have any information on Lingenfelter’s whereabouts, please call the police at (773) 334-2677 or (775) 785-9276, Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

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