Family still searching for missing daughter

Associated Press

ELY, Minn. -- Chris and Kaelin Warner spent another weekend handing out pictures and buttons in a desperate search for their 5-year-old daughter, who disappeared more than a month ago.

The Chisholm couple hopes the information they circulated at the Ely Blueberry Festival -- and other events and parades on the Iron Range-- will lead to daughter Leanna's safe return. The girl was last seen June 14 in Chisholm.

"This is all we've been doing," Chris said. He and his wife will help with a kids identification program at this week's St. Louis County Fair.

"It's almost become like a full-time job -- except a full-time job lasts eight to 10 hours a day," he said. "It seems like we've been doing this for 22 hours a day. We try not to let this engulf our life, but what can you do? That's the reality we're facing."


Chisholm Police Chief Scott Erickson said he's received more than 1,300 leads -- but nothing lately.

Still, the Warners haven't given up hope.

"We know she's all right," Chris said. "Nothing has led us to believe that she won't be coming home. We'll never give up that hope."

These days, a typical weekend for the Warners involves hitting the road to find a parade or festival where thousands might congregate.

At the Ely festival, they handed out cards and sold buttons and T-shirts with their daughter's likeness. By the end of Friday, they had sold many buttons and a couple dozen T-shirts.

Chris Warner said the money they've raised has been used on printing costs for T-shirts and buttons and rent for highway billboards.

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