AMY PAGNAC SEARCH: Warrant executed at Isanti County property - KMSP-TV

AMY PAGNAC SEARCH: Warrant executed at Isanti County property

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Weeks after an extensive search in Maple Grove, police are now searching another property owned by the Pagnac family as they continue to search for a 13-year-old girl who went missing nearly 25 years ago.

Maple Grove police executed a search warrant at a property in Stanchfield, Minn., on Monday in connection with the 1989 missing person case of Amy Sue Pagnac. An active search of the property is ongoing.

"I think every day that goes by, we're closer to finding Amy," Capt. Keith Terlinden said.

The search warrant, executed at 9 a.m., followed a collaborative effort between the Maple Grove Police Department, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.



When asked about the latest search of her property, Amy Pagnac's mother, Susan Pagnac, told Fox 9 News she has "no idea what they're doing or why they're doing it."

"The fact is: Amy went missing from that gas station," Pagnac said. "Nobody has seen her since."

Police declined to comment on what led them to the 140 acres owned by Susan Pagnac, but from SkyFOX 9, investigators could be seen using everything from shovels to backhoes while excavating two large areas. The search is expected to continue through the end of the week.

"We're going to use every resource available to us to help with this case," Terlinden vowed. "That will continue to be the case until we bring her home."

Susan Pagnac told Fox 9 News she's not aware of any credible tip that would have prompted police to reopen their investigation, including the search of her Maple Grove home two weeks ago. When asked if she thought it looked suspicious to have police digging on her rural property, she admitted, "Yes. It probably does."

"But let me tell you," Pagnac continued, "once they're done with this, then we can move on because they'll know exactly where Amy is not."

Susan Pagnac insists that there is no reason to suspect anybody in her family, and she said she doesn't care what investigators do at their farm property because she's confident Amy is not there and believes this is just a process they have to go through.

"Until she's found, we don't know if she's alive or not," Terlinden said. "Our goal is to find her."

The Pagnac family bought the property back in 1987, just two years before Amy Pagnac went missing.


Archive: 1990 report on Amy Pagnac case
May 18: Maple Grove police confirm search in 1989 case
May 19: Parents of Amy Pagnac say they aren't suspects
May 20: Police ask for unedited Fox 9 interview with Susan Pagnac
May 24: Law enforcement ends search of Pagnac property


COLD CASE REOPENED

Years after Amy Sue Pagnac went missing, police have reopened the case, searching the Pagnac home on Hemlock Lane in Maple Grove for a full week last month.

“It’s just shocking to think that they are over there digging, 25 years later,” said childhood friend Tammy Weiss. “I truly just thought she ran away.”

Amy Pagnac went missing August of 1989 when she was 13. At the time, her family said she had been abducted from a gas station in Osseo, Minn.

Susan Pagnac and Marshal Midden have ruled themselves out as suspects.

Just last year, Pagnac and Midden told Fox 9 News they believe their daughter is still alive, and said the rescue of three women who had been held captive for more than a decade in Cleveland gave them hope.

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