Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The mystery surrounding a missing Winona area woman has deepened.

A statement from the Goodview Police Department says 31-year-old Leigh Meska’s cell phone “pinged” on Highway 52 in Rochester yesterday. A massive and ongoing search effort was launched yesterday after the Goodview woman left her home in the morning but failed to report for her job at the Mayo Clinic.

Authorities in Winona and Olmsted Counties have assigned significant resources to the search for Meska. Olmsted County Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Behrn says 9 Olmsted County deputies were involved in the search yesterday and a similar number are involved today. He says they have been concentrating on the southeast corner of the county between County Road 9 and Chatfield. He says County Road 9 and Highway 14 are the preferred routes used by 31-year-old Leigh Meska when she drove between her home in Goodview and her job.

A statement issued yesterday by the Winona County Law Enforcement Center indicated Meska left her home in the near-record cold yesterday morning headed to Rochester but never reported for work. She was driving a gray 2014 Chevy Impala with Minnesota license plate 136MWK

Meska is described as 5-foot-3, 125 pounds, with green eyes and brown hair. She was wearing a sweater with black leggings and a red jacket. Goodview Police are requesting the public's help in locating Leigh. Anyone with information that could be useful in finding her is asked to contact the Goodview Police Department 507-452-1500 or Winona County Law Enforcement Dispatch at 507-457-6492.

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