Scott Sherman is the mayor of Winona, Minnesota, a small metropolis on the banks of the Mississippi.

Mayor Scott Sherman: There’s simply one thing about Winona that retains pulling you again.

Mayor Scott Sherman: Living right here in Winona is absolutely cool.

It’s so cool that TV and movie star Winona Ryder is known as for the city, as she advised the world in a 2020 Super Bowl advert.

WINONA RYDER IN WINONA AD: “There’s one thing about this place, one thing that feels so me …”

Maddi Kingsbury
Madeline “Maddi” Kingsbury

Madeline Kingsbury, 26, additionally felt that sure “one thing” about Winona. So, when Mayor Sherman heard that she had gone lacking, he tells “48 Hours” correspondent Peter Van Sant he wished to assist.

Mayor Scott Sherman: I felt that Maddi was a daughter of Winona … She was a brilliant younger girl working by college, working … a — a job in Rochester and elevating children all on the similar time, that is loads. … So, I had respect for Maddi.

And Mayor Sherman thought he may assist as a result of, as an avid bicyclist, he rides the woodsy paths round Winona all 12 months lengthy.

Peter Van Sant: You know the again roads of this space?

Mayor Scott Sherman: I do.

Peter Van Sant: And you went out your self.

Mayor Scott Sherman: I did.

But as mayor, Sherman felt his first job was to help Maddi’s distraught mom Krista Naber when she arrived on the search command middle.

Mayor Scott Sherman: she gave me a hug that I’ll always remember the remainder of my life. … It was a hug that confirmed worry, concern.

Peter Van Sant: And so what have been — what message have been you sending with that hug?

Mayor Scott Sherman: I’m right here for you. We will do our damndest to seek out her.

WHERE’S MADDI KINGSBURY?

Maddi’s household first started worrying about her late within the afternoon of Friday, March 31, 2023, when Naber realized she had not heard from her daughter for almost all the day.

Krista Naber: Something in my intestine simply did not really feel proper.

Peter Van Sant: Mother’s instinct?

Krista Naber: Right.

Naber contacted Megan, Maddi’s older sister, however Megan mentioned she was not overly involved.

Megan Kingsbury: I despatched her a few textual content messages anyway … “Hey mother, hasn’t heard from you. Can you name her? Can you textual content her again? … She’s involved.” … and she or he did not reply to that.

Maddi Kingsbury and Adam Fravel
Maddi Kingsbury and Adam Fravel

Fravel household


At the time, Maddi was residing with Adam Fravel, the daddy of their kids. The two had met in school at Winona State University.

Megan Kingsbury: He was outgoing, and appeared fascinated with attending to know us, and he appeared very, nearly infatuated, I assume, with … Madeline.

While nonetheless in school, Maddi and Adam realized they have been anticipating their first youngster and determined to settle in Winona.

Theresa Sis Mejia: He manned up, he manned up.

Theresa Sis Mejia, Fravel’s sister, says Adam give up college to help his new household.

Theresa Sis Mejia: He knew he was gonna be a dad. He went and received a job … and he had that job up till COVID, after which he received laid off … whereas he let Maddi proceed school in order that she may graduate … and she or he did. She graduated and he supported her.

After commencement, Maddi started working on the Mayo Clinic and have become a scientific analysis coordinator. And Maddi’s father David Kingsbury mentioned she not too long ago had begun learning for a sophisticated diploma.

David Kingsbury: She was … a graduate pupil in a grasp’s program on the University of Minnesota … Had simply accomplished her first semester there and was doing very properly.

Fravel, who had studied laptop science in school, started taking flying classes with a watch towards getting his pilot’s license.

Theresa Sis Mejia: When he was taking pilot classes like that, he felt so completed … It made him really feel good. And I used to be so pleased with him for doing it, for doing one thing for himself.

Krista Naber: I loved being round him … I may inform that he actually cared for Madeline.

On the night of March 31, Megan Kingsbury was hours away from Winona when she reached out to Fravel, who mentioned he was involved.

Megan Kingsbury:  He mentioned … I received residence as we speak and she or he was gone …

Fravel and the youngsters have been at his dad and mom’ residence in Mabel, an hour south of Winona. That’s when Megan Kingsbury messaged Maddi’s shut buddy Katie Kolka, who lived in Winona: “My dad and mom and I have not been capable of get in touch with Maddi all day …” Katie responds: “I’m on my manner over there proper now.”

The home was eerily silent, and it was at that time Kolka known as the Winona police.

Peter Van Sant: And you need this lacking individuals report back to be filed, however what did they let you know?

Katie Kolka: They advised me that I wasn’t capable of report it as a result of it hadn’t been 24 hours but.

Megan Kingsbury: I used to be pacing in my kitchen. I used to be getting actually actually nervous.

So was Maddi’s father who tried to achieve her.

David Kingsbury: Where are you? What’s happening?

The subsequent morning, with Maddi now lacking almost 24 hours, the Kingsbury household filed a lacking individuals report.

And then Fravel went to Facebook asking for assist. His publish learn partially: “If anyone has seen Maddi … please contact the Winona PD, me or any of her relations … Please assist me discover the mother to our 2 lovely children.”

Mary Fulginiti | “48 Hours” guide: The police went to nice lengths, I’ve to say, to attempt to … discover Maddi rapidly … as a result of they know that there is a ticking clock on this stuff.

And the investigation took off.

Mary Fulginiti: It’s extraordinary what they did.

“TIKTOK, I NEED YOU TO DO YOUR THING …”

The information that Maddi was lacking unfold rapidly by Winona and past. Hailey Scott, one in all Maddi’s sorority sisters, wished to assist.

Hailey Scott: I reached out to our sorority … I reached out to information shops … I used to be greedy at straws.

At the identical time, detectives reached out to Adam Fravel. According to police stories, Fravel advised them how on the morning of March 31, the couple dropped off their kids on the daycare middle.

Maddi Kingsbury surveillance video.
Maddi Kingsbury is seen on daycare surveillance video the day she went lacking.

Friend of Maddi Kingsbury


Investigators confirmed the drop-off after chatting with the daycare supplier who gave police safety video.

This video has by no means been seen by the general public till now. It was one of many final instances Maddi is seen on video earlier than she vanished. Police say Fravel advised them he and Maddi returned residence after the drop-off and she or he went to her workplace within the basement to do some work earlier than heading to the Mayo Clinic.

Mary Fulginiti: I’ve taken a take a look at all of the proof that we now have up to now within the Maddi Kingsbury case.

Mary Fulginiti, a former prosecutor and protection lawyer, is a “48 Hours” guide. She says that in his police interview, Fravel advised detectives he left Maddi his automobile and borrowed her blue minivan to haul some bins.

Mary Fulginiti: He … proceeded to place some bins within the van that he was going to maneuver to his dad and mom’ home … He mentioned he did not see Maddi once more … He drove to his dad and mom’ home on Highway 43.

Police say Fravel advised them he received so far as the township of Choice, Minnesota, when he realized he had made a mistake.

Mary Fulginiti: The bins that he had within the van have been ones that he really wished to place in storage. So he circled and he went again to the house.

Police say Fravel advised investigators he arrived again at his Winona residence round 11:30 a.m. and noticed his automobile nonetheless within the driveway.

Mary Fulginiti: He mentioned he had texted her just a few instances, asking about dinner and whether or not or not she was gonna decide up the children … There was no response.

Adam Fravel daycare surveillance
Adam Fravel is seen on surveillance video returning to the daycare middle alone to choose up the youngsters later within the day.

Friend of Maddi Kingsbury


Police say Fravel advised them he’d assumed Maddi had carpooled to work and when he didn’t hear from her, he went alone to try this decide up of the children. Again, the video from the daycare seems to corroborate that a part of Fravel’s story. 

Mary Fulginiti: So he in the end picked up the youngsters round 4:20 or 4:30, um, from daycare and introduced them to his dad and mom’ home in Mabel, Minnesota.

During a police interview, investigators famous that Fravel had “recent scratches” on his face the day after Maddi disappeared. Fravel’s sister says he advised her the scratches got here from a buddy’s canine.

On Saturday, April 1, police searched the Winona home the place Fravel lived with Maddi. Investigators reported they noticed no overt indicators of foul play.

Mary Fulginiti: But what was in the home was her purse, her jacket, her bank cards, um, however no Maddi.

Two days later, an anxious Megan Kingsbury rushed out of her bathe and alerted her TikTok followers to what was happening.

MEGAN KINGSBURY TIKTOK POST:  TikTok. I want you to do your factor. I want your assist. This is my sister Madeline Kingsbury. Um, she’s lacking … 

Megan Kingsbury: I wasn’t fascinated by the truth that I used to be in a towel. 

The publish finally had over a half million views.

MEGAN KINGSBURY TIKTOK POST: … Help us discover her. She’s received two children. She’s my greatest buddy, she’s my little sister. We have to get her again. Please assist us. 

Peter Van Sant: You’re clearly in terror right here … The look in your face. But you are reaching out for assist and folks wished to assist.

Megan Kingsbury: Yes.

CBS MINNESOTA | NEWS REPORT: So many individuals have requested to assist search for Madeline Kingsbury that it allowed regulation enforcement to develop their search …

Hailey Scott: There’s no guidebook on the right way to seek for a lacking liked one … and looking for her was simply one of the vital traumatic issues I’ve ever skilled in my life.

Megan Kingsbury
Megan Kingsbury was spreading the phrase about Maddi Kingsbury’s disappearance wiith posts on social media, principally TikTok.

Megan Kingsbury/TikTok


By the top of the weekend, there was no signal of Maddi. Day by day, Megan Kingsbury continued to publish updates to TikTok.

MEGAN KINGSBURY TIKTOK POST: It’s Tuesday the twenty fifth … nonetheless no Madeline … now subsequent week is May. We’re nonetheless on this hell …

Megan Kingsbury: I really feel like all of us, like each night time, we’d look out — it is chilly. It’s darkish. Is she like laying on the market someplace? … Is she like trapped someplace? … and also you simply — you do not know what to do.

Behind the scenes although, investigators started taking a tougher take a look at Fravel, particularly after Maddi’s pals got here ahead with some disturbing tales.

Hailey Scott: Madeline known as me shortly after an incident occurred between her and Adam … the place he had advised her that if she wasn’t cautious, she was going to finish up similar to Gabby Petito.

The Gabby Petito case fixated the nation within the fall of 2021, after the younger girl from Long Island was discovered useless one month after she seemingly vanished from the face of the earth.

Hailey Scott: I advised her you’ll want to get out and you’ll want to get it … get out now. That’s not an empty risk.

A FATHER’S WARNING: “HE IS GOING TO KILL YOU”

Years earlier than Maddi vanished, her sister Megan Kingsbury says the on-again, off-again relationship between Maddi and Fravel gave the impression to be headed for a nasty ending.

Megan Kingsbury: He simply wasn’t good to her … He did not act like he liked her. He did not assist deal with the children. He did not clear.

Peter Van Sant: And truthfully, did you attain a degree the place you — you suggested your sister, you already know, maybe it is time to transfer on in your life from him?

Megan Kingsbury: Many instances.

Maddi’s father David mentioned it pained him to see how shabbily Fravel handled Maddi.

David Kingsbury: I feel she actually poured out a river of affection for him and she or he received nary a drop in return.

Maddi’s stepmother Cathy Kingsbury says Maddi typically known as, saying Fravel was of no assist with the youngsters.

Cathy Kingsbury: She’d be simply sobbing miserably that Adam’s not serving to. I hate this.

But Maddi’s household and pals say there was extra than simply tearful arguments. About three years earlier than Maddi went lacking, Hailey Scott says she witnessed Fravel slap Maddi throughout a video name. Scott and Maddi have been speaking, Scott says, when Fravel appeared within the background and commenced shouting at Maddi.

Hailey Scott: He yelled, “I do not perceive why this home is such a f****** mess” … and she or he mentioned, “I do not know, perhaps it’s best to assist me,” um, to which Adam turned, and he slapped her with an open hand throughout the face.

And in September 2021, some 18 months earlier than Maddi disappeared, she advised Scott about Fravel’s darkish fascination with the Petito story.

Hailey Scott: Adam had an infatuation, and I’d name it an obsession, with the Gabby Petito case.

Gabby Petito
The Gabby Petito case fixated the nation within the fall of 2021, after the younger girl from Long Island, NY, was discovered useless one month after she seemingly vanished from the face of the earth.

Scott says Maddi had advised her that one night time, after she and Fravel watched a information particular in regards to the Petito homicide, his obsession turned threatening.

Hailey Scott: He had really turned and grabbed her by the throat and pinned her down and advised her that if she wasn’t cautious that she would find yourself similar to her.

Katie Kolka says she tried to get Maddi to do one thing.

Katie Kolka: And I begged her and begged her, please go to the hospital, doc it your self, do no matter you’ll want to do. You have to get this documented so you may get out of there safely with these children.

But Kolka says Maddi by no means reported something to the police.

Katie Kolka: She was extra scared that Adam was gonna get arrested.

Peter Van Sant: She wished to guard him.

Katie Kolka: She was defending him.

Maddi did, nonetheless, inform her father David and stepmother Cathy in regards to the choking incident.

Cathy Kingsbury: She was like, horribly afraid. She’d been choked and she or he was very, very scared and wished assist.

Cathy Kingsbury says she and David drove to Maddi’s home and received her and the youngsters out of there.

David Kingsbury: She got here with us. We went to the home so she may get a few of her issues and a few of the clothes for the children and whatnot and put the children within the van and adopted us again to our residence in Farmington.

But Cathy Kingsbury says Maddi stayed within the Kingsbury home solely three days earlier than returning to Fravel as a result of he was “upset” that she’d left.

David Kingsbury: I did inform her in some unspecified time in the future, he — he’s going to kill you.

Peter Van Sant: You mentioned that to Maddi.

David Kingsbury: Yeah.

Peter Van Sant: You felt there was sufficient hazard that you simply needed to say to your personal daughter, I feel he might kill you. … And how did she reply to that assertion, or did she?

David Kingsbury: Honestly, I imply, she … grew to become a professional at minimizing issues, and it got here again to, properly, he was — he was joking. She advised me he was joking, and she or he wished to imagine that

When Maddi went lacking, her family and friends reported these incidents to police. According to a search warrant, detectives interviewed Fravel and requested if he and Maddi had ever had any “bodily altercations.” “He mentioned, ‘oh no.'” When detectives requested about these Gabby Petito feedback, police say Fravel admitted them, however “claimed he was making an attempt to make a joke.”

But in response to a search warrant, investigators discovered an outdated display shot Maddi had saved of some texts she’d exchanged with Adam:

MADDI KINGSBURY TEXT: You know I’m probably not okay with or over the truth that you place your hand round my neck and pushed me down in entrance of the children earlier so do not

Not okay with it in any respect however particularly with them there.

ADAM FRAVEL: You’ll modify

MADDI KINGSBURY: The f*** I’ll …

Detectives wished to know the whole lot about what Fravel did the day Maddi went lacking and commenced amassing surveillance movies from houses and companies.

Police say a blue minivan that seemed like Maddi’s was videotaped on Highway 43 — the street Fravel advised police he’d taken that morning. But in response to a search warrant, the timestamps don’t match Fravel’s timeline. The cameras tracked the blue minivan till round midday, police say.

Mary Fulginiti: And then there is a 45-minute hole.

That hole happens round Choice, Minnesota. Police say that’s the place Adam advised them he realized he took the fallacious bins, turned the van round and drove straight again to Winona. According to that warrant, “there’s a 45-minute window that Fravel couldn’t be tracked.”

Mary Fulginiti: Where was he throughout these 45 minutes? I imply, that was the large, you already know, the large query, proper?

Megan Kingsbury's TikTok page
For 68 days, Megan Kingsbury documented her sister’s disappearance on TikTok.

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But with no direct proof and no signal of Maddi, investigators didn’t arrest Fravel, and he continued to stay at his dad and mom’ residence with the youngsters. Meanwhile, Megan Kingsbury continued her updates on TikTok.

MEGAN KINGSBURY TIKTOK POST | April 14, 2023: Madeline nonetheless has not been positioned, sadly. Um, so we’re nonetheless plugging alongside and on the lookout for her.

As detectives continued to analyze, they uncovered a brand new lead — a romantic relationship Maddi had been having with one other man, an Army veteran named Spencer Sullivan.

Spencer Sullivan: I’m Spencer Sullivan and I used to be courting Madeline Kingsbury on the time of her disappearance.

And now police have been to know Sullivan’s whereabouts the day Maddi went lacking.

A NEW LOVE INTEREST FOR MADDI KINGSBURY

In the spring of 2023, Maddi knew her relationship with Fravel was falling aside, and she or he was brutally trustworthy along with her father.

David Kingsbury: She says, you already know, dad … I do know that I’m in a nasty relationship. I do know my household is aware of it. … I do know my pals comprehend it. And I’m embarrassed about it, however I do not know what to do about it.

But Maddi had joined Tinder, which is the place she reconnected with Sullivan, who she knew from school.

Spencer Sullivan: We have been pals on Facebook, so I knew that she had children … I wasn’t certain what the standing of the connection was precisely with, uh, Adam Fravel.

As it seems, Sullivan additionally knew Fravel from Winona State.

Spencer Sullivan: He was in the identical fraternity as I used to be.

Peter Van Sant: Tell me in regards to the Adam you knew again then.

Spencer Sullivan: He and I did not actually speak all that a lot.

Maddi advised Sullivan that she and Fravel had reached the purpose of no return. Maddi and Sullivan started courting, however quietly.

Spencer Sullivan: We each form of agreed to maintain it secret between us till she was on her personal.

Mostly, the connection was a secret from Fravel. Maddi’s household and girlfriends knew about it, and so they advised police about Sullivan when Maddi went lacking. That’s when investigators known as Sullivan in for an interview.

Spencer Sullivan: They have been … simply form of asking me basic questions on after we had began courting. … the place have been you at this level, what have been you doing at this level?

Peter Van Sant: What have been you doing on March thirty first, 2023?

Spencer Sullivan: Uh, that morning I used to be at work.

Sullivan surrendered his telephone whereas investigators checked out his alibi. As they seemed into his story, additionally they realized from Maddi’s family and friends that solely six days earlier than she disappeared, she lastly had advised Fravel about Sullivan.

Megan Kingsbury: She did not need to lie and she or he simply — it bubbled up inside her the — this guilt.

Peter Van Sant: Is it true that Maddi advised Adam about Spencer?

David Kingsbury: Yeah.

Peter Van Sant: That’s a fairly gutsy factor to do.

Cathy Kingsbury: Uh, we want she had not.

It all got here pouring out and Megan Kingsbury says Maddi advised Fravel she was leaving him and on the lookout for an residence the place she would stay with their kids.

Peter Van Sant: And did she let you know how Adam reacted to the information?

Megan Kingsbury: I feel she mentioned he cried, and he was actually damage on the time.

Theresa Sis Mejia: I’m certain he was personally damage and heartbroken — rapidly, you discover out … she has emotions for anyone else and it is over.

Ryan Fravel and Theresa Sis Mejia
Ryan Fravel and Theresa Sis Mejia

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Fravel’s sister Theresa, in addition to his brother Ryan, say information of the break-up damage them as properly, as a result of Maddi was a cherished member of their prolonged household.

Ryan Fravel: Maddi was a sister to all of us, and our hearts are … damaged. … We misplaced an in depth member of the family.

They level out that, though Adam Fravel and Maddi at all times had an on-again, off-again relationship, they stayed collectively for seven years.

Theresa Sis Mejia: I used to be fully shocked after I realized that she was courting Spencer behind my brother’s again.

Maddi’s greatest buddy Katie Kolka says tensions between Maddi and Fravel have been sky excessive after her revelation about Spencer. It was the day earlier than she disappeared.

Katie Kolka: She known as me crying and she or he requested if she may come work at our home … She mentioned that Adam was hovering over her whereas she was working and making feedback about another man elevating his children and, you already know, are you actually gonna depart me for one more man? … She felt very threatened.

Maddi left her home and went to Kolka’s earlier than ending up at Sullivan’s residence, additionally in Winona.

Spencer Sullivan: She came visiting to rejoice my birthday with me … she introduced a pair donuts that we may cut up with one another. She had a present for me. … It was just a little LEGO set, just a little Star Wars LEGO set. I received a card from her and it was a Star Wars card.

Peter Van Sant: That final time you noticed her individual to individual.

Spencer Sullivan: I bear in mind she’s standing at my entrance steps. She circled and smiled at me and waved and (sighs) that was the final time I noticed her.

Within days of his interview, police confirmed Sullivan’s alibi and returned his telephone. Eventually, police say, he was cleared. Maddi’s buddy Hailey Scott says Spencer was one of the best factor to occur to her in a very long time.

Hailey Scott: Spencer confirmed her that she deserved a lot greater than Adam. 

Spencer Sullivan
Spencer Sullivan

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Sullivan says he was devastated within the wake of Maddi’s disappearance.

Spencer Sullivan: I assumed to myself, like, stuff like this does not — would not occur right here, you already know. … we have been speaking about her shifting into her new place and … She wished me to return over and assist her adorn, do stuff … after which the subsequent day she’s gone.

He says he could not cease fascinated by the birthday card Maddi had given him.

Spencer Sullivan: I feel I re-read that card a minimum of 100 instances … (sighs) that like all I may assume was this — this (LEGO) package — sorry. (emotional).

Four days after Maddi vanished, her dad and mom got momentary custody of her kids.

MEGAN KINGSBURY TIKTOK POST: My niece and nephew are now not within the custody of their father. … you already know we recognize the priority for them however they’re — they’re in good palms.

When Maddi’s buddy, Lauren Debois, considered Maddi’s kids, she recalled a dialog she’d had with Maddi a month earlier and she or he reported it to police.

Lauren Debois: She advised me … that she wanted me to know that if something have been to occur to her or her kids, that Adam did it. She would by no means depart her kids for something below any circumstances.

Ten days after Maddi disappeared, police had acquired a tip that Fravel had been seen using close to his dad and mom’ residence with a shovel in his household’s utility automobile. Police seized his automobile and, in response to a search warrant, cadaver canines alerted to a scent within the automobile and on the shovel.

Mary Fulginiti: You know, it is my understanding that they’re skilled and particularly skilled to seek out human — human stays.

Two days later, Adam put out an announcement by his attorneys. It learn, partially: “I’ve cooperated with regulation enforcement at each flip … I didn’t have something to do with Maddi’s disappearance. I need the mom of my 5-year-old and 2-year-old to be discovered and introduced residence safely. I need that greater than something.”

Maddi had been lacking 35 days when Kolka and others gathered to recollect her at an area church.

KATIE KOLKA (crying): “She was the kindest most lovely soul … even on the brightest days, it nonetheless feels darkish and gloomy with out her right here.

David Kingsbury,
David Kingsbury, middle, and Cathy Kingsbury, proper.

David Kingsbury addressed the gang.

DAVE KINGSBURY: We know that Madeline is round her someplace. She simply did not vanish. Someone is aware of one thing. Somone noticed one thing. Make this your battle cry. “Where’s Madeline? Where is she?” Make it loud and do not cease till she’s discovered.

NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE CASE

For Megan Kingsbury, June 7, 2023, began out like each different day since Maddi disappeared.

MEGAN KINGSBURY TIKTOK POST | June 7, 2023: Hey TikTok. Good morning. Happy Wednesday. …Maddi’s nonetheless lacking … Please proceed to unfold the phrase about my sister, Madeline…

But hours later — 68 days after Maddi disappeared — a sheriff’s deputy discovered human stays alongside a lonely nation street.

David Kingsbury: While it hadn’t been licensed by the health worker, they’re pretty sure that it was my daughter.

Megan Kingsbury: I used to be on the ground and like screamed, crying … you already know what do you say when anyone tells you one thing like that? There’s nothing which you could say.

For Maddi’s greatest buddy Katie Kolka, the information was shattering; her response captured on her video doorbell digital camera.

The very subsequent day, Maddi’s pals heard the information from Winona’s police chief.

POLICE CHIEF TOM WILLIAMS (to reporters): Law enforcement has confirmed the stays are these of Madeline Kingsbury.

Krista Naber: You cannot ever put together your self for one in all your kids, um, to — to die, a lot much less be discovered someplace exterior, discovered as she was.

Megan Kingsbury: She was wrapped in, um, a grey fitted mattress sheet that had black duct tape across the ends. And, um, there was a towel wrapped round her head.

Adam Fravel
Adam Fravel

Winona Police Department


Adam Fravel was arrested and charged with second-degree homicide. The gray mattress sheet wrapped round Maddi, in response to a felony grievance, appeared to match a set present in Maddi’s residence.

And the remoted street the place Maddi’s stays have been discovered, in response to that felony grievance, had been maintained by the Fravel household at one level. This space can also be near the township of Choice, the place, police imagine, there are 45 minutes unaccounted for in Fravel’s timeline.

Maddi’s physique was present in a culvert.

Maddi’s post-mortem listed her reason behind loss of life as “homicidal violence” — nothing extra.

In October 2023, Adam Fravel was indicted on further first-degree homicide prices. Fravel’s attainable motive for homicide? In a warrant, investigators allege Fravel was in misery as a consequence of “his monetary dependence” on Maddi and was upset about “the top of their relationship.”  Investigators additionally realized that Maddi had a “loss of life advantage of $170,000” however had not listed a beneficiary.

Mary Fulginiti: She was his — his meal ticket … she was the one who offered for them.

According to a search warrant, when police entered the couple’s home, they seen that surveillance cameras inside the house had been eliminated. Former prosecutor Mary Fulginiti says it is the best way they appeared to have been taken down that caught detectives’ consideration.

Mary Fulginiti: They discovered that the surveillance cameras that he had put in have been ripped out, that they have been now not there … so all of these are indicators of, you already know, he is as much as one thing in consciousness of guilt.

Theresa Sis Mejia: He had these down weeks earlier than … they have been within the means of shifting.

Fravel’s sister and brother say at one level, earlier than Maddi and Adam broke up, the couple was planning to maneuver collectively to Adam’s dad and mom’ residence.

Ryan Fravel: We need individuals to know that there are two sides to the story.

Take, as an illustration, these cadaver canines alerting to the utility automobile and shovel. Fravel’s household says that is as a result of on the earlier weekend their dad used that shovel to maneuver a useless raccoon.

Peter Van Sant: A raccoon.

Ryan Fravel: A raccoon.

Theresa Sis Mejia: They used a shovel to choose it up.

Theresa Sis Mejia: … each time we’d attempt to make clear something to the investigators, we have been simply handled with that. Like — like we’re simply delusional.

Theresa Sis Mejia: I imagine Adam 150 p.c that he’s harmless … he would by no means hurt Maddi, the mom to his kids, you already know, he’d by no means do such a factor.

Fravel’s protection group has requested a decide to suppress Adam’s police interview as a result of they declare he wasn’t learn his Miranda rights. It’s the interview the place he admitted making feedback about Gabby Petito however mentioned he was solely joking.

In preliminary hearings, his legal professionals additionally say there may be not sufficient proof to warrant the first-degree homicide cost. Fravel’s siblings insist authorities ought to take a better take a look at Spencer Sullivan.

Ryan Fravel: We’re making an attempt to — making an attempt to develop, uh, the investigator’s eyes that one thing else may simply have occurred.

Peter Van Sant: What do you consider that?

Spencer Sullivan: I imply, they’re making an attempt to guard Adam … they form of want to return to phrases with the truth that — my private opinion, uh, they received the suitable particular person. 

David Kingsbury: There is a presumption of innocence in our authorized system, in fact, that everyone is entitled to …  But there may be additionally a court docket of frequent sense. And within the court docket of frequent sense, all roads result in Adam Fravel. 

The Kingsbury household is talking out now in hopes of saving another person.

David Kingsbury: That’s the explanation why we’re right here and that is the explanation why we’re speaking about this as a result of we do not need it to occur to anyone else.

Peter Van Sant: This is emotionally very highly effective proper now for you. Are you — you do not blame your self for this. Do you?

Cathy Kingsbury: I feel all of us blame ourselves to some extent. When I’d speak to her, I did not push, you already know. I wished her to have the ability to say issues when she was able to say issues.

David Kingsbury: He had his hooks in her, and the children make it actually tough.

For Maddi’s father, regardless of the jury decides, there’s a bigger reality that haunts him.

David Kingsbury: I’ll at all times be the daddy of a murdered lady.

Spencer Sullivan advised “48 Hours” he too feels haunted by a dialog he and Maddi had weeks earlier than she vanished.

Spencer Sullivan: She advised me that she was in love with me … And sadly, I used to be too rooster s*** to say it again, however (sighs).

Peter Van Sant: Does that trouble you?

Spencer Sullivan: Every day.

Spencer Sullivan: I noticed a future with Maddi and it felt like anyone simply ripped the subsequent 60 years out of my life.

Maddi, left, and Megan Kingsbury
Maddi, left, and Megan Kingsbury

For Megan Kingsbury, who was so shut along with her little sister, she nonetheless cannot think about a future with out Maddi.

Megan Kingsbury: I really feel like even simply saying that we’re sisters would not describe being the closeness that we had. We have been confidants for one another.

Peter Van Sant: How would you like Maddi to be remembered?

David Kingsbury: Somebody that mattered. And I feel the whole lot we have seen and heard from individuals actually affirmed that … she mattered to many, many individuals … all of her pals … mentioned “she’s my greatest buddy.” She was everyone’s greatest buddy.

Adam Fravel’s trial is anticipated to start within the fall of 2024. His protection group has requested for a change of venue.


Produced by Paul LaRosa  and Jordan Kinsey. Mike McHugh producer-editor. Mike Loftus is the affiliate producer. Michelle Sigona and Ryan N. Smith are the event producers. Greg McLaughlin and Jason Schmidt and Michelle Harris are the editors. Patti Aronofsky is the senior producer.