Community, Private Investigators Come Together to Search for Missing Woman
GRANGEVILLE, ID —
The search for a missing Grangeville woman continues - now with even more outside help. It's been just over one month since 25-year-old Shawnta Pankey was last seen.
Her family, friends, and even strangers are asking for your help as they prepare for a massive search. The two-day effort, put on by a Boise private investigator, is bringing the community together for this missing mother.
Pankey was camping with a boyfriend near Pine Bar on the Salmon River April 15th. The Idaho County Sheriff's Office says she walked away after the two argued; that was 10 A.M. Sunday - the last time she was seen.
Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings says, "We have had several folks report possibly seeing her in different locations. None of them have turned out to prove positive yet."
Sheriff Giddings says the area around Pine Bar and nearby Graves Creek has been extensively searched. "We've had canine, we've had boats on the river, we've had boots on the ground. We don't believe she's anywhere we're going to find by walking around on the ground. You're on foot - it's impossible."
On Saturday, May 19th, a private investigation firm out of Boise will host another large-scale search in the mountainous area. For the hundreds, perhaps thousands of people expected to show up for the weekend search, impossible or even challenging terrain won't stop their efforts to find Shawnta.
As for the person who last saw her, the boyfriend authorities are still not naming, Sheriff Giddings says, "We looking at him. Of course." When asked if that individual is cooperating with the investigation, Sheriff Giddings says no. "I would say he's not really been cooperative."
Other clues- a boot found along Clarkston's Greenbelt Trail that matches a description of boots Shawnta was last seen wearing - has not been traced back to Pankey.
That piece of potential evidence has been turned over to the Washington State Patrol crime lab in hopes it will either contain DNA or give authorities more direction in their search for Pankey.
D.L. Investigating is heading this search and ask that volunteers email or message their Facebook page. The search will begin at 9 A.M. Saturday near the Pine Bar put-in.