Colleen Dalquist knows what Linda Walker, mother of 22-year-old college student Dru Sjodin, is going through.
For Dalquist, Sjodin's Nov. 22 disappearance in an apparent abduction in Grand Forks hit close to home, both geographically and emotionally. It was just more than a year ago that Dalquist's own daughter, 21-year-old Erika Dalquist, disappeared from downtown Brainerd. The Dalquists live in Pillager, Sjodin's mother lives in Pequot Lakes.
"I do follow it very closely. It's a pretty personal thing for me to watch this," said Dalquist Tuesday. "I hate to see another family in the same position. I certainly hope they don't end up with the same results."
Authorities believe Erika Dalquist is the victim of murder. The Dalquist family and area law enforcement agencies have spent the past year logging hundreds of hours on searches, but none have yet located Erika's body.
Dalquist said she called Walker to offer her prayers and support a few days after learning that Sjodin, a University of North Dakota student, disappeared after she left her job at the Victoria's Secret at Columbia Mall in Grand Forks, N.D.
And though her own daughter's case remains unsolved, Dalquist said she hopes people will focus their attention on finding Sjodin.
"There's so much hope there yet. I'd like to see her come home real soon."
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