Madeline Edman was 15 years-old when she vanished from La Crosse, Wisconsin on July 29th, 2005. She was last seen at a laundromat on St. James and Caledonia Street, where she and her mother had gone to do laundry. At some point, though, Madeline decided to walk home while her mother stayed back to finish the laundry. When her mother returned home, Madeline was gone. When she still did not return by evening, Madeline’s mother reported her missing.
Madeline’s family members believe that she ran away. In fact, certain agencies classify her as a runaway as well. Madeline’s mother unfortunately passed away in 2010, and her obituary listed Madeline as a surviving daughter. In 2013, Madeline’s grandmother announced that she believes Madeline is still alive and is just simply living estranged from her family. She stated that numerous people have told her that they have seen Madeline around town. However, the police believe otherwise. Authorities have stated that they have not gotten any tips about Madeline’s whereabouts in years and they believe she might have been murdered or forced into human trafficking.
Madeline’s case remains unsolved. The La Crosse Police Department is investigating. If you have any information that could lead to Madeline’s whereabouts, please contact 608-785-5962.