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Published February 11, 2012, 11:25 AM

Minto Community coming together to Raise Awareness to find a Missing Ardoch Woman

Minto, ND (WDAZ TV) - People in the small community of Minto are coming together to raise awareness to find a missing Ardoch woman.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAY

People in the small community of Minto are coming together to raise awareness to find a missing Ardoch woman. Florence Dumontet disappeared about five months ago, but loved ones are holding out hope.

Florence Dumontet's family has a simple goal...

Lenaye Driscoll - Florence's Niece: “Keeping Florence fresh. We want to find Florence.”

That's proving not to be an easy task. Authorities have given up hope the 86 year old will been found alive. There's been no trace of her since she cashed a traveler's check at a gas station in Montana October 16th. That's the same day she left home in her pick-up truck for an annual trip to visit family in Washington

Tom Lee - Florence's Friend: “Florence had a good sense of humor she would get a dig in you whenever she got the chance.”

Lenaye Driscoll - Florence's Niece: “I want to exhaust all areas.”

Family and friends say there are many areas left to exhaust. No evidence points to foul play, but family notes Florence was carrying a large amount of cash and travelers checks.

Lenaye Driscoll - Florence's Niece: “I don’t think that there was an accident, if there was an accident I think they would have found a vehicle, her vehicle is too big to hide.”

Lenaye and others are taking matters into their own hands, raising money to offer a reward for finding Florence and to hire a detective.

Lenaye Driscoll - Florence's Niece: “Why are people not found? Do they only give them a few days and be done with them? As long as there hasn't been a body found or anything, to us, it’s not real.”

Another benefit in the greater grand forks area is in the works. Donations to the "Finding Florence" fund can be made at any Frandsen bank.

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