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Sandra Schinke's Husband Speaks Out About Her Disappearance Submitted: 04/11/2012
Story By Jenn Sullivan


SAYNER - 55-year-old Sandra Schinke's disappearance is rattling residents as rescue crews search surrounding areas looking for her.

"I am in just total shock about this. I can't believe in a small town all of a sudden we're having all these things happen. It's just unbelievable," said Jan Heeran who works in St. Germain.

Since Saturday, the Vilas County Sheriff's Department along with rescue teams from surrounding communities and other states, have been scouring wooded areas around the Schinke's home but so far there has been so sign of Sandra.

"There's nothing amiss she's just vanished. She's gone." said Sandra's Husband Jim Schinke.

This is the first time since his wife disappeared, Jim has spoken on-camera to the media.

He said he was in North Dakota on business when she vanished.

Jim said he is a construction electrician and he frequently travels out there.

But when he's gone, not a day went by where the two don't speak.

"Every day at 6pm we have a special time when we talk…on Thursday she was not available. She did not answer her phone. I always told her if I couldn't get a hold of her for two days I was coming home," said Jim.

When he didn't hear from Sandra he called the Sheriff's Department.

Jim described that call saying, "While talking to the Sheriff's Department, I asked them to come over just to check on her. I told them what vehicle she had. It was in the garage. They knocked on the door and there was no answer."

Sandra was last seen Thursday walking along County Hwy N. An area where Jim said she was frequently.

"She always takes her phone That's why this is so odd. Her phone is here. Her house keys were in the house. Her wallet was in the house, all of her IDs. It doesn't make any sense," said Jim.

The couple have been married for 14 years and he says she's never left home before and has no history of memory loss or mental health.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department says no items such as clothes or jewelry were missing from their home to suggest she left.

Jim and other family members have passed out flyers to local businesses and residents hoping to spread the word but for now all they can do is wait.

The family said they hope to hold a Support Vigil in Sayner on Saturday afternoon. We'll have details on this as it becomes available.

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