UPDATED: Maple Grove Police search home in 1989 missing persons case

Search related to missing Amy Sue Pagnac

Since Sunday morning, May 18, Maple Grove Police and other investigators have been searching a home on the 9700 block of Hemlock Lane N. in Maple Grove in relation to a 1989 missing persons case.

Maple Grove Police are investigating a house on the 9700 block of Hemlock Lane N. in relation to the 1989 missing persons case of Amy Sue Pagnac. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

Maple Grove Police are investigating a house on the 9700 block of Hemlock Lane N. in relation to the 1989 missing persons case of Amy Sue Pagnac. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

Maple Grove Police Captain Keith Terlinden said the department executed a search of the home around 9 a.m. “in reference to our 1989 missing persons case of Amy Sue Pagnac.”

He said the actual specifics of the search warrant were not up for discussion. “It would just not be beneficial to our case to comment on what we are actually working on,” he added. Any specific comments on the case from investigators to the media or public would jeopardize the investigation.

Maple Grove Police talk to the media Sunday, May 18, about the investigation at a home on the 9700 block of Hemlock Lane N. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

Maple Grove Police talk to the media Sunday, May 18, about the investigation at a home on the 9700 block of Hemlock Lane N. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

The home being searching is that of Amy’s parents, Susan Pagnac and Marshall Midden. Capt. Terlinden clarified at a press conference there has not been any digging at the site by investigators.

On Monday, May 19, more resources were added to the efforts, which included portable storage and more people.

“We expect to be at that address for rest of the week,” Capt. Terlinden said. “It’s my guess that we will be executing that search warrant until Friday, maybe longer.”

According to Capt. Terlinden, the parents are not named as suspects at this time.

Investigators execute a search warrant at a home on the 9700 block of Hemlock Lane in Maple Grove on May 18. Officials also used tent. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

Investigators execute a search warrant at a home on the 9700 block of Hemlock Lane in Maple Grove on May 18. Officials also used tent. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

He added the department has been investigating the case solidly for the past 24 years and it was more of a process that lead up to the searching of the home. During the past 24 years, there have been sightings in eastern Iowa and California that Maple Grove Police have investigated.

“We are really working hard to bring Amy back home,” Terlinden added.

On Aug. 5, 1989, Amy Sue Pagnac, then 13 years old, was reported missing from the Holiday Gas Station located on the 100 block of Central Avenue in Osseo.

Maple Grove Police Capt. Keith Terlinden addresses the media at a press conference on Monday, May 19, regarding the Amy Sue Pagnac case. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

Maple Grove Police Capt. Keith Terlinden addresses the media at a press conference on Monday, May 19, regarding the Amy Sue Pagnac case. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

Amy and her non-biological father, Marshall Midden, stopped at the gas station on the way home from a visit to the family’s organic farm near Cambridge. According to Midden, Amy waited in the car while he went inside to use the restroom. Midden reported upon returning to his car that Amy had disappeared. Amy has never been seen again.

Capt. Terlinden said that the case was initially reported as a runaway, “but was quickly turned into a missing person” case.

According to an Osseo-Maple Grove Press story from Aug. 15, 1990, “Amy has a number of health problems including migraine headaches and seizures that had not been fully diagnosed and treated at the time of her disappearance.”

Also in the story from 1990, Amy’s family made it very clear that did not think she ran away.

News media vans and helicopters take over Forest View Park next to the home awaiting more word from Maple Grove Police on May 18. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

News media vans and helicopters take over Forest View Park next to the home awaiting more word from Maple Grove Police on May 18. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI are assisting Maple Grove Police with this case. The contents of the search warrant may be made public if the case is solved, but not while there is an active investigation.

Maple Grove Police still needs the public’s help in solving this case. “We believe there is still more information out there that we need to find,” Capt. Terlinden said.

The department is asking anyone that remembers anything about Amy to call the Maple Grove Police Detective Jon Wetternach at 763-494-6199 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

The Osseo-Maple Grove Press story from the one-year anniversary of Amy Sue Pagnac's disappearance.

The Osseo-Maple Grove Press story from the one-year anniversary of Amy Sue Pagnac’s disappearance.

Keep checking our website at www.pressnews.com for any updates between publications. Also check out the story from 1990 on the one-year anniversary of Amy’s disappearance online.

 

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