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ID SHAWNTA PANKEY: Missing from Cottonwood, ID - 15 Apr 2018 - Age 25*Found Deceased*

Discussion in 'Located/Resolved' started by Uno2Much, May 17, 2018.

  1. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    Private investigator to hold search for missing Grangeville woman
    Shawnta Pankey has been missing since April 15 when she went camping with her boyfriend.

    Author: Associated Press
    Published: 11:20 AM MDT May 17, 2018
    Updated: 11:46 AM MDT May 17, 2018




    Shawnta and her bf had been camping along the Salmon River near Cottonwood, which is about 15 mi from Grangeville.


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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Searching for Shawnta: A Mother, A Daughter, A Sister

    Her family has grieved. Her mother has thought up every horrific scenario. Her sister Cayla has lived an especially personal nightmare.

    "Any time somebody [mistakes] me for my sister or, you know, messages me on Facebook thinking that I'm her, it hurts. A little piece of me dies every time that somebody [mistakes] me for her, because I so badly want it to be her. But it's me instead so...it hurts. And we don't want anyone to mistake myself for thinking that they see Shawnta, because she's still very much missing," Cayla says.

    It's been over a month since Shawnta Pankey was last seen. In that month, a little girl has missed her mom and her mom has missed her birthday.

    Walking through the town of Grangeville where Shawnta was living, the signs are all over. Posted on windows and bulletin boards are her face and her name.

    But her family doesn't just want you to know Shawnta's face. They want you to know who Shawnta is.

    "She has a really big heart. She loves her daughter unconditionally. They've kind of always been inseparable ever since she had Sophia. That's what kind of set this whole thing off," Cayla says of her sister's disappearance.

    Over the weekend of May 19th, over 100 volunteers searched the area where Shawnta was reportedly last seen. A still-unidentified boyfriend told the Idaho County Sheriff's Office he and Shawnta were camping at Pine Bar, 15 miles outside of Cottonwood on the Salmon River. Searchers spread out for miles, including the area on Joseph Plains where Shawnta and the boyfriend lived for a while. Several businesses and individuals donated not just time, but food for the searchers. White Bird Response was also on hand with a first-aid tent.

    Landis says their two-day search is in addition to searches done by the Sheriff's Office, not instead of. "Can we figure out if she was up here, for sure, because I'm not convinced of that 100%. If she was, I'd like to find something that says she was or we can just rule that out and focus our efforts on something else. We just want to find out where she is and what happened - but where she is first."

    Landis won't go into detail, but says the two-day search did turn up more leads.

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  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Missing person searches go cold; Pankey, Selway River four still unfound

    Two separate private searches for missing people continued into June in Idaho County: One following the Salmon River (Pine Bar) disappearance of Grangeville’s Shawnta LaRae Pankey last month, the other originating from the Selway River pickup crash in which six out-of-state men were caught up earlier this month.

    But there’s nowhere left to look but to the rivers, Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings told the Free Press May 30.

    “After this many days, we are making that assumption,” Giddings said. “We’re waiting for the rivers to spit them out. Someone will call us, and we’ll go get them.”

    Pankey, last seen on foot April 15, hasn’t been heard from since she walked away from a disagreement with a boyfriend, with whom she was camping last month. A foot search by ICSO and family members found no sign, but private efforts including a Boise-based PI’s aerial search continued last week. Private investigator Daniel Landis was flown by Idaho County Commissioner Skip Brandt over areas including Rice Creek and Joseph Plains on May 26.

    “We have been in contact with Idaho County Sheriff and plan on speaking with them…to discuss and share all of our leads in order to find the next appropriate course of action,” Landis wrote in a May 27 social media post. “We believe that with the collaboration of the ICSO we can achieve the best results by combining all our leads and efforts. Indeed it has been some time since Shawnta went missing but in no way does that mean we stop searching for Shawnta or for answers. I would imagine that we all would want the same for ourselves or our loved ones.”

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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Sheriff's office: Woman's boyfriend a person of interest

    Idaho County officials are treating the disappearance of Shawnta L. Pankey of Grangeville as foul play and say the woman's boyfriend is "a person of interest."

    Detective Jerry Johnson of the Idaho County Sheriff's Office said Monday Edward M. Mills of Grangeville, the boyfriend of 25-year-old Pankey, was interviewed by his department shortly after Pankey's disappearance April 15.

    "(Mills) is definitely a person of interest," Johnson said. "We're operating on the premise that some type of foul play occurred to Shawnta. We don't believe, and the family doesn't believe, that she intentionally went missing. Mills met with us for an interview and agreed to a polygraph. But he failed to show up for the polygraph and has been uncooperative since then and not talking to us."


    'Some kind of foul play occurred to her' as focus in Pankey investigation

    “We’re continuing to follow every bit of information. This is one of the highest priority cases we have right now,” said Detective Jerry Johnson, Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO), speaking to the two-month-old disappearance of Shawnta LaRae Pankey, 25, of Grangeville.

    “There may be some limited searches coming up in the future,” he continued, along with other activities he cannot discuss due to the ongoing investigation. “We are investigating this as that some kind of foul play occurred to her. We don’t believe, and the family doesn’t believe, she intentionally went missing.”

    Most recently, a search conducted by Pankey’s family and a hired private investigator turned up a hairbrush found alongside the road at the top of the Rice Creek grade near the intersection with Joseph Road and the road to Boles. A searcher turned that in to the Asotin County Sheriff’s Office, and later the Pankey family notified ICSO of the find. The brush is undergoing laboratory analysis, according to Johnson, for hair with roots attached that may have DNA to compare with Pankey’s mother.

    A second item being analyzed is a woman’s pink and brown Ariat cowboy boot, found north of Chestnut Beach in Clarkston on the Washington side of the Snake River. Pankey was last seen wearing a similar pair of boots.

    “So far, no results on either,” Johnson said.

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  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Family of missing Grangeville woman offers reward

    The family of Shawnta L. Pankey, who has been missing since April 15, is offering a $3,500 reward for information about her disappearance.

    The family is offering an additional $3,500 if foul play was involved and if the information leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

    Mills is considered a person of interest, Idaho County Sheriff’s Detective Jerry Johnson said. Neither Johnson nor Pankey’s family believe she intentionally went missing, he said.

    Mills had agreed earlier to a polygraph test, Johnson said, but he failed to show up for the appointment and has since been uncooperative with the investigation.

    Johnson said he and other detectives continue to work on the case consistently and still have tips or leads coming in on a regular basis.

    “We’ve done a few limited searches along the river and we’re continuing to chip away, but there’s nothing significant that leads us any closer to where Shawnta is,” Johnson said Tuesday.

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  6. Whatsnext

    Whatsnext Well-Known Member

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  7. Whatsnext

    Whatsnext Well-Known Member

    Bump. Would love to have Shawnta brought home and read about an arrest. Hopefully this is not one of those dead end investigations.
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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    One Year Anniversary: Finding answers in the search for Shawnta Pankey

    Shawnta Pankey has been missing for one year and the family of this Grangeville woman say they won’t stop until Shawnta Pankey is found.

    The $12,000 reward is still being offered by the family for information leading to where Shawnta is.

    Surveillance video from the apartment where they stayed, showed the couple leaving for Pine Bar around 2:15 in the morning.

    Her boyfriend was then seen on the same surveillance camera returning to the apartment alone around 11:00a.m.

    However, it’s important to be clear that no one has been charged with a crime. Shawnta is a missing person.

    Shawnta’s sister Cayla Young sent us pictures to share. They went to Pine Bar on April 15, just last Monday, as a remembrance day for Shawnta.

    Cayla says they continue to search but one of the challenges is that she knows people are afraid to speak up, but she says to think about Shawnta, her family, and her little girl.

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  9. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    Pankey remains found, confirmed by family
    The remains of Shawnta Pankey, who was last seen April 15, 2018 at a Grangeville apartment complex, were found last weekend in the Snake River.

    UPDATE (Thursday, May 9, 8:45 p.m.)
    In a statement released Thursday evening, May 9, Nez Perce County Coroner Joshua Hall said he contacted the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office after 5 p.m., to confirm human remains found on Sunday were positively identified as Shawnta L. Pankey.

    Detectives from the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) immediately notified Pankey’s family. A release from the Nez Perce County Coroner’s Office is expected Friday, May 10.

    According to ICSO, the investigation into Pankey’s case will continue. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jerry Johnson, 208-983-1100.

    ICSO stated, “Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with Shawnta’s family.”

    ICSO wants to thank the Nez Perce County Coroner and Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office for all their hard work and cooperation on this case.

    The family of missing Grangeville resident Shawnta Pankey has announced that human remains found in the Snake River last weekend are those of the 25-year-old woman who has been missing for a year.

    Speaking for the family, Pankey’s sister, Cayla Young, announced the confirmation on social media Thursday evening, May 9, stating, “The family and I would like to let everyone know that the body remains that were found in the river have been confirmed to be my beautiful loving sister Shawnta's.”

    Detective Jerry Johnson, Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, was contacted Thursday evening concerning the announcement, and he confirmed the family’s statement. Further details on the confirmation are pending release by Nez Perce County authorities.

    According to a May 7 Lewiston Tribune story, a Nez Perce County Search and Rescue volunteer found a skull and other bones along the river south of Lewiston on Sunday, May 5. The skull was found near Buffalo Eddy on the Idaho side of the river. The Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office dive team searched the area Sunday and Monday, finding bones both in the river and on the bank.

    Pankey disappeared a year ago Sunday, April 15, 2018, with her last known sighting at Oscar’s Apartments in Grangeville. Video surveillance cameras confirmed she and her boyfriend, Edward M. Mills, left from Oscar’s Apartments around 2:15 a.m. that Sunday, videoed prior to making several trips to the vehicle with items for a trip. Mills pulled the camper from Pine Bar to near Keuterville and returned to the apartment alone around 11:06 a.m. that same morning.

    Mills reported that the pair had camped at Pine Bar along the Salmon River south of Cottonwood. The couple had an argument and he reported Pankey went on a walk around 10 a.m.

    She was reported missing the following day by her mother after she failed to pick up her daughter, Sophee.

    Hundreds of hours have been invested into the investigation by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, which has involved investigators and deputies, assisted by volunteers, search dogs and drones.

  10. Whatsnext

    Whatsnext Well-Known Member

    So glad she can be laid to rest now. Hopefully they can find out what happened to her.
  11. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Yes. Sad! She looks like she was a real fun person - full of life. :(
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