A sonar search Monday afternoon of the St. Croix River near the Stillwater Marina turned up no sign of Abbey Russell, a 24-year-old Stillwater woman who has been missing since early Saturday.

The area was searched after bloodhounds showed "moderate interest" in it, said Sgt. Jeff Stender of the Stillwater Police Department. Though the lead was not promising they decided to search the area with side-scanning sonar, which provides a relatively clear picture underwater, so the area could be ruled out if the search proves fruitless.

Going forward the search will focus on following leads coming in to the tipline, 651-351-4945.

"We've conducted very extensive searches and we don't have anywhere else to go," Stender said.

Russell left her house in the 1700 block of North Broadway on foot and last had contact with family in the early morning hours of Saturday, according to the Stillwater Police Department.

Crews in Stillwater have been searching for Russell on the ground, in the river and by air since her disappearance. Dive crews searched the river near the Old Saw Mill Marina, just north of downtown Stillwater, on Sunday afternoon.

Foul play is not suspected, Stender said.

Russell, who works as a server at Pub 112 in downtown Stillwater, left her house north of downtown Stillwater about midnight Friday and hasn't been seen or heard from since, said her father, Ken Russell, of Fall Creek, Wis.

Investigators say Russell went out with friends after work on Friday, but was home by about 8 p.m. Later that night when friends texted asking her to go out, Russell declined, saying she had to work a double shift the next morning starting at 9 a.m., Stender said.

Sometime after midnight, Russell's roommate was awakened by Russell's phone ringing numerous times without being answered, Stender said. When the roommate went to answer the phone, she discovered Russell was gone.

Ken Russell, Abbey's father, said it is out of character for his daughter not to be in touch.

"It's very, very strange, and we're very worried," Ken Russell said. "We are very concerned. We're hoping to hear from her very soon. We're going to continue to look and continue to search and ask for everybody's prayers."

Ken Russell said he and wife, Denice, called police about 2 a.m. Saturday to report their daughter's disappearance.

Abbey Russell, who is originally from Fall Creek, Wis., near Eau Claire, moved to Stillwater a few weeks ago from Pensacola, Fla., he said. She graduated from Fall Creek High School in 2009.

Family and friends of Russell spent the weekend placing fliers in downtown Stillwater; downtown Hudson, Wis.; and around her home near Minnesota 95 and Poplar Street. On Sunday, family members gathered at Boom Site Rest Area on Minnesota 95 north of downtown.

Ken Russell praised local law enforcement for their handling of the search.

"We appreciate everything that the Stillwater Police Department has been doing," he said. "They've been diligent, and they've been wonderful."

Officers have been using boats, a dive team, a helicopter and canine units to aid in the search, which has encompassed the square mile surrounding Abbey Russell's home, he said.

"They've been working different grids," he said. "We're trying to keep clear and stay out of their way. We're hoping that they are going to find her. We're just keeping each other company and supporting one another."

Abbey Russell started working as a daytime server at Pub 112 a few weeks ago, said Santos Chavez, manager. He said he last saw her when her shift ended about 5 p.m. Friday. "She was very happy," Chavez said. "I never saw her upset or sad."

She is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. She has shoulder-length brown hair and green eyes. She has several tattoos, including a large one of flowers and feathers that wraps around her upper right arm to her elbow and one of a single black flower on her left forearm with words under her left armpit. She also has a pierced nose and pierced ears.

Anyone with information about her location is asked to call Stillwater police at 651-351-4945.

Kristi Belcamino and Jaime DeLage contributed to this report.

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