PEQUOT LAKES -- The family of Rachel Anthony, missing from her place of work since Feb. 28, has set up a Web site to help in the search for their mother.
"We will continue to ask that all of you get the word out," Robert Mozden, Anthony's oldest son, said at a news conference Tuesday outside his sister Jessica Winch's home in rural Pequot Lakes, about eight miles south of Pine River.
"Time is of the essence," he said. "We want to keep Mom fresh in everyone's mind."
Anthony, 50, rural Pequot Lakes, was discovered missing at about 1 a.m. Feb. 28 from Ultimate Liquors, an off-sale liquor store in Pine River where she worked, after a Pine River police officer had noticed her Ford Escort idling for three hours in front of the store.
Mozden also sent a message to his mother, saying, "... if you can hear us, we haven't given up and we're going to keep on looking."
The Web site, www.valkyrie.net/~where_is_rachel, features information on the case, pictures and a link to send an anonymous tip. The family also has set up a trust fund in Anthony's name.
The family has been posting fliers throughout the area, and they also have sent the information by e-mail to friends in Minnesota and other parts of the country.
The family vows to continue the search until their mother is found.
"As of now, we're remaining positive," said Daniel Lehr, Anthony's son-in-law. "All I can say is to whoever is responsible, please let her go."
Lehr and his wife, Patricia, Anthony's daughter, drove from Pennsylvania to be with their family and help search for their mother.
"I didn't want to stay at home," Patricia said. "I have every intention of seeing this through until the conclusion."
Also at the news conference were Anthony's son, Brian Anthony; her daughter, Jessica Winch; and Jessica's husband, Rodney Winch.
"We're not going to give up," Rodney Winch said of the search for his mother-in-law.
Authorities believe Anthony was taken against her will. Her coat and purse were found in the store, no merchandise appeared taken and no cash was missing from the register.
Ultimate Liquors is equipped with surveillance cameras, but they were not operating at the time Anthony disappeared.
Family members are baffled as to who could have taken their mother, and why. They described her as a fairly private person who liked the outdoors, liked to write and could take care of herself.
"She was 5 feet 10 inches tall and 170 pounds," said Mozden. "I pity the person who messed with her. I doubt they could take her easily. She had to be taken by force."
Investigators copied the hard drives of two computers from Anthony's home to learn whether she had contact with anyone over the Internet, but Jessica Winch said she doubted the suspect would be anyone on the Internet.
Cass County Sheriff Randy Fisher said Tuesday a helicopter search of remote areas and a search of the Pine River dam by divers from the Minnesota School of Diving provided no new information on the whereabouts of Anthony.
Fisher said investigators are still searching for a person who was in Ultimate Liquors just before 10 p.m. and also searching for the driver of a small red car that might have been in the area.
Though the number of calls coming into the Cass County Sheriff's Department has slowed -- Fisher estimated the total at about 300 -- there are several leads being followed-up.
"Both the search and the investigation will continue until Rachel is found," Fisher said at Tuesday's news conference.
A $10,000 reward is being offered by the Cass County Sheriff's and Pine River Police departments for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
Donations for the trust fund can be sent to the Pine River State Bank, in care of Where is Rachel Anthony, at P.O. Box 67, Pine River, MN, 56474.
Anyone with information about the disappearance of Anthony is asked to call the Cass County Sheriff's Department at 1-800-450-2677.
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