North Shore Businessman Hopes for Daughter’s Return

Resort GM's Daughter has been Missing Since Jan. 15th

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Brian Anderson is back at work managing a popular North Shore resort even though his daughter, Toni hasn’t been seen since January 15th.

“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare,” said Anderson.  “You hear about these things, but you don’t… you don’t understand the mental strain it puts you through and the emotions you go through.”

For Anderson and his wife Liz, the last six weeks have been a roller coaster of emotion.  Just after 4:00 a.m. January 15th, Anderson’s 20 year old daughter was pulled over by Kansas City, Mo. police, she hasn’t been seen since.

“Improper lane change is what she was stopped for, she stated to the officer she was almost out of gas,” said Darrin Snapp, Kansas City police spokesman.  “The officer said there was a gas station right there, gave her a warning and actually watched her go into the Quicktrip.  And that’s the last place we have seen her.”

For Anderson, frustration mounts.

“Six and a half weeks now, no trace of her, her car, anything,” he said.

Kansas City Police followed up on every lead, but more than a month later they’re no closer to finding Toni.

“They don’t have anything,” said Anderson.  “It becomes more difficult every day, because you don’t have any answers.  I know they trying.”

Anderson eventually had to come back the Northland for work, but was in Kansas City last week, for the painful task of packing up Toni’s apartment and putting her things in storage, hoping she’ll come home.

“To have to go through all of her things and come across the things she’s had since she was a little girl, stuffed animals, that kind of thing, it was painful,” said Anderson.  “But I also knew I had to be strong for her.”

Back in Missouri, the search continues.

“It’s hard on everybody,” Toni’s friend, Jared Morton told WDAF-TV in Kansas City.  “People aren’t sleeping, people aren’t eating; nobody wants to go out.”

While the odds aren’t good for someone missing this long, especially with nothing to go on, all Anderson can do is hope for Toni’s safe return.

“Somebody knows something,” said Anderson.  “We just want someone to come forward with new information that can help us find her and bring her home safely.”