PINE RIVER -- Pine River police suspect foul play was involved in the disappearance of a 50-year-old woman from a Pine River business Tuesday night.
Pine River Police Chief Steve Abraham said the absence of Rachel Anthony of rural Pequot Lakes from her work place, Ultimate Liquors, was discovered by a Pine River police officer between 10-10:30 p.m.
Kim Johnson, who along with Dean Johnson owns Ultimate Liquors, was taken aback by the news.
"I'm very disturbed. She's a friend and employee and she's gone," Johnson said. "I don't know what else to say. I'm very shocked."
Johnson said she spoke with police at about 1:30 a.m. today at the liquor store, which is closed until authorities complete their investigation.
Cass County Sheriff Randy Fisher said a search in the darkness for Anthony was done by plane, with further air searches expected. Authorities are also mounting an extensive ground search, he said.
Anthony worked at the liquor store and appeared to be in the process of closing for the night, Abraham said. Her car was found running outside the store and the front door was locked.
Fisher said he was not aware of anything being stolen from the store.
When the officer checked the back of the store, however, he found the back door open, Abraham said. Anthony might have been taking the garbage out at the time the incident occurred.
Anthony is a white female, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 170 pounds with blue eyes and dark brown hair. She was wearing a dark-blue turtleneck under a dark-blue pullover shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. Anyone with information is asked to call the Cass County Sheriff's Department at 547-1424.
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