- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. (AP) - Kerry Messer, a well-known Missouri lobbyist for the anti-abortion movement, is asking hunters heading into the woods for deer season to help search for his missing wife.

They’re being asked to keep an eye out for Lynn Messer or for any objects that might belong to her.

“Every deer season, every year, there’s always a national news story about hunters finding somebody’s remains,” Messer said. “… For every one that finds a person, there’s got to be dozens that are walking past a shoe or a pair of glasses or a piece of clothing.”

Lynn was reported missing on July 8, after Messer said he woke up to find her gone from their farm in Ste. Genevieve County. The Missouri Highway Patrol said she walked away from the property.

Massive searches have turned up no clues to her whereabouts, the Southeast Missourian reported (https://bit.ly/1ryQWSE ). Law enforcement agencies, volunteer groups and friends have searched more than 5,000 acres near Festus, Missouri, according to the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Department.

Horses, dogs and a Missouri State Highway Patrol aircraft were also used in the search for Messer’s wife.

“We did over 100 searches, but we had to stop when deer season started,” Messer said. He and his wife have been married for nearly 35 years.

Detective Austin Clark said the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating the disappearance. He said some family members have been administered lie-detector tests, noting that these are common in disappearance cases, but declined to comment on what the results were.

“In any kind of investigation like this, we always focus the most attention on the people that were with her last, but we’re not ruling anything out,” he said. “Nothing has been ruled out at this time.”

Clark couldn’t say if foul play was involved in the disappearance.

Kerry Messer declined to comment on the lie-detector tests, citing concerns about interfering with the department’s investigation.

“They need to do their job, and I support whatever they need to do,” he said.


Information from: Southeast Missourian, https://www.semissourian.com

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