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Sheriff's department, state Crime Lab open investigation near area of Sayner woman missing for 17 monthsSubmitted: 09/19/2013

Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com

SAYNER - A hunter's discovery of something suspicious in the woods east of Sayner Thursday set in motion a multi-agency investigation.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Department and the state Crime Lab are working together on the project.

The investigation is in the same area where Sandra Schinke was last seen almost a year and a half ago.

To be very clear - there has been no confirmation at this time of a link between Schinke's missing persons case and Thursday's investigation.

But both the investigation and Schinke's case involve the rural woods east of Sayner.

Schinke was 55 years old when she was last seen.

That was on April 5th, 2012.

She was walking along County Highway N about two miles east of Sayner.

Her husband came home from a business trip to find her gone and called police.

Sandra's wallet, keys, and cell phone were still in her home.

The Sheriff's Department called off their ground search for her more than 17 months ago.

On Thursday, Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath confirmed to us they were investigating an area east of Sayner.

The state Crime Lab is helping with the investigation.

Rain forced them to suspend their investigation Thursday.

Officials expect to continue on Friday.

We also expect a press release Friday.

Again, despite the investigation, there is no confirmed link between the Schinke case and the investigation at this time.

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