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Farmington police seek woman missing for a month

Farmington police are searching for a 37-year-old woman who has been missing for more than a month. Farmington police are looking for information as to the whereabouts of Laura Jean Simonson, who has been missing for a month.

Laura Jean Simonson, 37, was reported missing on Friday, Nov. 22, according to Farm-ington police detective sergeant Lee Hollatz. Simon-son was last seen by family members on Nov. 1.

According to Hollatz, Simonson has residences in both Farmington and St. Paul, so family members here were not initially concerned when they had not seen her for several days. Simonson reportedly parked her van at her mother’s Farmington home on Nov. 2, but has not been seen since.

Family members told Hollatz that Simonson has had some difficult family issues in her recent history. Hollatz also has information that her disappearance may have been planned. But family members say it is unusual that Simonson would go so long without contacting them, he said.

“This is very uncommon for her to do, to leave without anybody knowing where she’s gone,” Hollatz said.

Simonson is described as 5 feet, 2 inches tall, and approximately 105 pounds. She has strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes.

“We don’t believe any foul play is involved, but with these types of incidences, we take these very seriously because we are concerned about the well-being of Laura. We urge the public that if they have any information, any at all, to please contact the Farmington Police Department,” Hollatz said.

Information can be directed to Farmington police detective sergeant Lee Hollatz at 651-280-6700.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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