Reno woman still missing after mysterious disappearance

Madelyn Lingenfelter, 19. Washoe County Sheriff's Office photograph.
Madelyn Lingenfelter, 19. Washoe County Sheriff's Office photograph.(KOLO)
Published: Sep. 21, 2018 at 7:28 AM PDT
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Investigators continue looking for leads regarding a missing woman whose car was found along the Mount Rose Highway. No sign of her has been found.

Reno Police say 19-year-old Madelyn Lingenfelter was reported missing in Reno Wednesday, September 19, 2018. That afternoon, a manager at the Tannenbaum event center along the highway saw her car, without knowing about the missing person case. That manager saw a person, now believed to be Lingenfelter, in the car's passenger seat at that time, but when the manager stepped back outside a few hours later, the car appeared to be empty. When deputies were called to the car September 21 by her family, which had pinged her cell phone to that area, they said it had apparently been parked there since the September 19 sighting.

Lingenfelter is 5'1 and 110 pounds. She has brown hair and hazel eyes. The car is a 2004 Gold Toyota Prius with NV license plate 314 F12. It has been towed from the scene; detectives found nothing in it that would indicate anything about her whereabouts.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office used the RAVEN helicopter with heat-detecting equipment and dogs throughout the area as part of the search. Volunteers spent hundreds of hours scouring the area. There has been no sign of her since the search began, and three days after the car was found, the Sheriff's Office said while the case is still open and active, there is no active search.

Anyone having information on this case, or who saw Lingenfelter or the car the afternoon of September 19 in the Mount Rose Highway area, is asked to contact Reno Police at 334-2677 or 321-8372, the Sheriff's Office at 775-328-3001 or

at 775-322-4900, or you can text a tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword - SW. People who make tips to Secret Witness can remain anonymous.