Investigation into Pacha disappearance continues

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


The Washington County Sheriff?s office reported thoday that there is no further information available into the disappearance of a Washington woman who was reported missing on April 30.

Washington County Chief Deputy Shawn Ellingson reported that the investigation is continuing into the disappearance of Susan Marie Pacha. On April 30, the Washington County Sheriff?s Office took a report of a missing person identified as Susan Marie Pacha, 51, of rural Washington. Pacha was last seen Monday, April 30, in the morning hours and the vehicle she was driving was located on May 1 at the Iowa River access on Highway 61, north of Wapello, in Louisa County. The Louisa County Sheriff?s office confirmed that a river recovery operation was conducted to try to find her and was unsuccessful.

?We?ve had a couple of small tips we have followed up on and were able to determine they were not involved at all,? Ellingson said. Pacha?s sister-in-law, also named Susan Pacha, said Thursday she feels law enforcement has done all it can to try to find Pacha.

?The family would like to thank all of you for your prayers and kind words,? she said. ?Please continue to pray. We are trying to be patient for information. The family is planning to have at least a memorial service in the future. We will notify the public of the date, when known, in the Washington paper.?

She said the family wants to keep the public informed, but doesn?t know anything new.

Law Enforcement from both the Washington County Sheriff?s Office and the Louisa County Sheriff?s Office are seeking any information in reference to Pacha?s whereabouts.

Persons with any information are asked to please contact either the Washington County Sheriff?s Office at 319-653-2107 or the Louisa County Sheriff?s Office at 319-523-4371.