Darla Banks Says “The Wait Has Been Painful for All of Us:” Dennis Banks has Participated in Search Parties

Rose Downwind, 31, has not been seen since October 21, 2015

Rose Downwind, 31, has not been seen since October 21, 2015

Published  November 12, 2015

BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA – Darla Banks, the mother of Rose Downwind who is still missing after three weeks, says the waiting has been difficult for her family. Downwind, 31, is the granddaughter of American Indian Movement co-founder Dennis Banks.

“The wait has been painful for all of us. Her five children miss their mother and wonder what has happened to her,” stated Darla Banks to Native News Online. Downwind’s children range in age from one- to nine-years-old. “I approciate all of the prayers and those who have held ceremonies to bring her home safely.”

 Marchello Cimmarusti (l) Christopher Davis (r)

Marchello Cimmarusti (l) Christopher Davis (r)

Banks says she is close to Downwind and seldom there was more than a day or two that went by when the two did not speak to each other. Banks was traveling in Virginia when Downwind went missing.

Search parties go out daily to search the area where Downwind was last seen.

Banks said her father, Dennis Banks, 78, has joined the dozens of the people who have gone on the search. “I told him that I don’t think he needs to go out and he should let younger people to search.

Bemidji Police think foul play has been involved in the disappearance of Downwind. It was first reported Downwind was last seen at the Target store in Bemidji on Monday, October 19, 2015. However, Downwind’s former boyfriend said he saw her last getting into a blue van near a Bemidji residence two days later, on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.

Last week, Bemidji Police Department released a statement that they had two persons of interest: Marchello Cimmarusti and Christopher Davis.

“Cimmarust is an ex-boyfriend of Downwind’s and was physically abusive,” says a soucre to Native News Online.

Police ask anyone who may have seen these individuals during the period from October 19th to October 29th to please contact the Bemidji Police Department immediately at 218-333-9111. The Bemidji Police Department stay in touch with the famly and have told the family there is no new news to report.

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