Adam Fravel Charged With Second-Degree Murder; Bail Set at $2 Million

Adam Fravel, alleged murderer of ex-girlfriend Madeline Kingsbury, has been charged with second-degree murder during his arraignment on Friday.

Kingsbury had gone missing on March 31st, prompting weeks of search parties and national news stories. On Thursday, a Rochester medical examiner confirmed that Madeline’s body had been found.

According to charges filed in Winona County, Fravel is being charged with two counts of Murder in the Second Degree. He is the father of Madeline’s two children, ages 5 and 2. 

The statement of probable cause says that Kingsbury had begun a relationship with another man two weeks prior to her disappearance. Because of this, the two were in the process of moving out of their house in Winona. On the day of the alleged murder, Fravel told authorities that he planned to move boxes from the house to both a storage unit and his parent’s house. 

The last time the two were seen together was at 8:00am on March 31st, when they both dropped their kids off at daycare. After that, Madeline allegedly began work in her home office while Fravel packed the car. He claims that he hastily packed, and realized halfway through his trip that the items he had packed in the van were to be stored in a storage unit, not his parent’s house in Mabel, Minnesota. Then, he stated that he turned around. He states that he did not make any stops and arrived back at the Winona house around 11:30am. Fravel continued to say that Madeline was not there when he returned.

Video surveillance footage from the area shows Adam replacing the license plate on Madeline’s van around 9:44am. Come April 1st, the plates had been switched back. 

Many reports had shown that a van matching the description of Madeline’s heading south on Highway 43 toward Mabel around 11:56am. More reports state that the same van was traveling back north around 45 minutes later, back toward Winona. This does not align with Adam’s stated account of what occurred.

In Blue: The approximate route taken by Fravel

The statement of probable cause also notes that human remains – which are now reported to be that of Madeline Kingsbury – were discovered wrapped in a fitted bed sheet that was similar to a set from the house in Winona. The body was found along a gravel road about a mile away from Highway 43, between Choice and Mabel Minnesota. The statement also notes that it was not far from the property owned by Fravel’s parents.

Around 11am on Friday, a Judge set Adam’s conditional bail at $1 million, and his unconditional bail at $2 million. He will likely remain in custody at least until the trial. If he is found guilty, he could be sentenced to 40 years in prison.

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  • William Beck
    published this page in News 2023-06-09 12:42:55 -0500