MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — Authorities are searching the Maple Grove home of a girl who disappeared 25 years ago at age 13, but they’re not saying what prompted the search or what they’re looking for.
Maple Grove police, the FBI and sheriff’s deputies searched the home Sunday where Amy Sue Pagnac used to live, Police Capt. Keith Terlinden said at a news conference.
“We plan on being on this site for several days and we’ll try as much as we can not to disrupt the community,” Terlinden said. “The actual details of why we’re here today, I can’t give them to you at this time. The search warrant that we executed today is a sealed document, so it will not be public data.”
Police served a search warrant at the family home on Sunday. Monday they brought in more resources and storage.
Authorities say the search will last until Friday at least, possibly longer. While investigators won’t give details, they say they believe there is more information out there to be found.
“It’s inconvenient. But if the end goal, it brings Amy home, it doesn’t matter,” Susan Pagnac said.
Amy disappeared from an Osseo gas station in August 1989. Her father had stopped to use the restroom, and he told police she was gone when he returned.
Terlinden declined to say whether the parents, Susan Pagnac Sr. and Marshall Midden, were suspects. Nobody has been arrested, he added. Neither are staying at the home while the search is being completed.
Susan Pagnac said she wasn’t sure what led authorities back to her home or whether police considered her a suspect. She said she was just glad authorities were stepping up their investigation.
“I have been trying to get law enforcement to do things for 25 years now, and having the fact that they’re going to do something, even if it doesn’t make much sense to me, is wonderful,” Pagnac said. “I just want her home, I want her to have her life, make her choices.”
Pagnac said investigators looked at her home twice before. The first time was a year after Amy went missing.
“They went through Amy’s room and all her stuff,” she said. “They didn’t do a real long, detailed investigation. It was probably that afternoon looking through things.”
The next time she says was years later, in 2007, where she said police produced a search warrant and spent most of the day there. Police won’t elaborate too much on this latest time.
She said while she welcomes the new attention to her daughter’s disappearance, she believes they’re looking in the wrong spot.
“How can they find anything? She’s not there. She left with my husband and disappeared at the gas station,” she said. “She didn’t come home again, so I mean, how can they find anything?”
She said she’s never given up on the search since her daughter went missing.
“I’ve been pestering them constantly since day one. ‘Do something, do something. What are you doing? What are you finding?'” she said.