The investigation into the disappearance of a Minnesota State University Mankato student continues more than two weeks after Morgan Stolee was last seen.
The Mankato Department of Public Safety has been investigating a report that police 1,800 miles away, in California’s wine county, ran the tag on Morgan’s dark purple 2011 Ford Fusion on February 15th. “We did hear back from them,” DPS Commander Dan Schisel said, “And we’re continuing that part of the investigation on possible location.” The department in the Napa area did confirm that an officer ran a check on the licence plate.
He added that it’s not uncommon for officer on patrol to run a tag but not pull the car over if the information they receive shows no problems but, “There’s gut instincts on that sometimes, so you run it and all of a sudden, ‘Hey, it comes back stolen.” The vehicle, which is registered to Morgan’s parents, has since been listed as stolen so that if the plate — 350-UXH – is run again that agency will make contact with the driver.
Schisel believes there are people that know more about the situation than they are sharing with police or with Morgan’s family, and he continues to plead for them to come forward. “I really do believe somebody knows something, they’re just not giving us that information of where we can contact her,” he explained, “But we’re in contact with her mother on a daily basis.”
Morgan was last seen on February 7th when she abruptly left work around 10:00 p.m. Schisel said Morgan told her boss that she had to deal with an emergency situation, but the incident she described to her manager never took place.
Schisel said an electronic device that belongs to her pinged off a cell phone tower in northern Minnesota, near McGregor, the morning after Morgan was last seen.
Investigators believe Morgan may be with Trevor Newman of Belle Plaine, and Schisel added that a third person, possibly a juvenile from Belle Plaine, may also be with them
Morgan still has not been in touch with friends or family, has not logged onto social media, and there has been no activity on her accounts since she was last seen leaving work.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is helping with the investigation into Morgan’s disappearance.