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After personal tragedy, family walks 30 miles to raise awareness about missing Minnesotans

Updated: October 18, 2019 06:53 PM

A Minnesota couple went on a marathon walk to raise awareness about missing Minnesotans.

Deanna Villella Schroeder and her husband Ryan walked 30 miles on Friday.  It's the five-year anniversary of when her murdered brother, Christopher Rossing, was found.

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United Legacy is the name of the nonprofit search and rescue organization Schroeder created to help families who struggle with what to do when a loved one goes missing.

"Our goal is at United Legacy is to help reduce that rate, reduce the percentage of missing persons in Minnesota," Schroeder said.

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In 2014, her brother Christopher disappeared in Howard Lake and his remains were found 30 miles away in Hutchinson.

Deanna and Ryan are retracing the path they took in their search for him.

"These were the roads that we searched for Christopher," Schroeder said. "It's going to be an emotional day. There's going to be a lot of blood, sweat and tears I'm sure."

The 60,000-step walk took a total of 12 hours.

"It's in remembrance of Christopher, but we also wanted to go live and go over a lot of missing persons cases that are still missing in Minnesota," Schroeder said. "The goal is to bring awareness ... and funding for our cause to help search for missing loved ones in Minnesota and beyond."

Deanna said the best way to help is to follow the United Legacy Facebook page and share their posts about missing Minnesotans.

This is the first 30-mile United Legacy walk. Next year, the group hopes to make the walk public and involve the families of many more missing Minnesotans.

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