The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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March 29, 2013

St. Peter family knows little about sister's disappearance

ST. PETER —  When Pat Meyer and her family packed up to make the drive from St. Peter to Colorado Friday, they knew, this time, they wouldn’t have to spend days living in a hotel room.

They will be staying in Pat Meyer’s daughter’s house in Wheat Ridge, a western suburb of Denver. The police have finished their work at Leann “Annie” Meyer’s house. Investigators are done collecting evidence they hope will lead them to the 52-year-old woman who has been missing since early February. Annie Meyer grew up in St. Peter, where most of her family still lives, but has lived in the Denver area for the past 15 years.

“The last time she was seen was Feb. 7,” said Randy Gustafson, Annie Meyer’s brother-in-law. “She works at US Bank in downtown Denver as an IT person. She wasn’t feeling well and went home and that was the last anyone saw of her.”

It was March 5 before Gustafson and his wife, Annie’s sister Judy, found out Annie was missing. The Gustafsons live in St. Peter but were staying at their winter home in Florida at the time. They drove directly to Wheat Ridge and met Judy’s brother and two sisters, including Jeanne Stuart who had driven to Wheat Ridge from her home in St. Peter.

More family arrived, including their mother, Pat Meyer of St. Peter, and they spent more than a week based in a hotel suite and working long days. Posters with Annie’s picture and description were tacked or taped all over the Denver area. The family also attempted to gather information about their missing family member.

On Monday the Gustafsons and Pat Meyer returned to their homes in St. Peter. They, along with all but one of Annie’s siblings, returned to Wheat Ridge Friday. They will participate in a candlelight vigil at Annie’s house Saturday. Sunday the family will attend a sunrise Easter service at Red Rocks Auditorium, a scenic concert venue near Denver that is a favorite spot for Annie.

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