Published October 27, 2015
BEMDIJI, MINNESOTA — Rose Downwind, 31, the granddaughter of American Indian Movement co-founder, Dennis Banks, has been missing for over a week. She was last seen on Monday, October 19, 2015 at the Target store in Bemidji, according to the Bemidji Police Department, which issued a statement on Monday, October 26.
Downwind is the daughter of Darla Banks, who is the daughter of Dennis Banks.
Darla Banks told Native News Online she hears from her daughter almost daily, but has not heard from her for almost 11 days now. Downwind was reportedly going to Saint Paul, Minnesota, but no one in Saint Paul she knows has seen her.
Downwind, who is a frequent Facebook user, last posted a meme with a moon and a star on Monday, October 16, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. that read: “I love you to the moon and back” with a caption addressed to her mother that read: “Love you mom.”
“It’s not like her to not call me, we are very close. We talk all the time. Now, I am very worried about her,” Banks said from northern Virginia, where she is traveling with her father, Dennis Banks. “I filed a missing person’s report with the Bemidji Police Department a couple days ago.”
They both are flying back to Minnesota on Tuesday hoping to find Downwind.
“I am flying back to Minnesota to see what I can do. I talked to the Duane, the bounty hunter tonight, who has offered to help locate her,” Dennis Banks told Native News Online. Banks was referring to Duane Lee “Dog” Chapman, a bounty hunter and former bail bondsman, who had a television reality show called “Dog, the Bounty Hunter” for eight seasons. Currently, he stars in a television program called “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt.”
Downwind has five children and would not leave them unattended without making provisions for their care according to Darla Banks.
Anyone with knowledge of the whereabouts of Downwind are asked to contact the Bemidji Police Department at 218-333-9111.