Missing Mennonite Woman's Body Found 250 Miles Away From Where She Was Abducted
Flagstaff, AZ – The body of a 27-year-old Mennonite woman was found after she went missing in New Mexico in January and police believe she was kidnapped and murdered.
Sasha Krause’s body was found Feb. 24 near Flagstaff, Arizona about 250 miles from her home in Crouch Mesa, New Mexico, according to KTVQ.
A camper found Krause’s body and officials were able to identify Krause through fingerprints, KTVQ reported.
"This is a unique investigation,” San Juan County Sheriff Shane Ferrari said, according to KTVQ. “The San Juan County Sheriff's Office is looking at the kidnapping, while the Coconino County Sheriff's office is investigating the homicide."
"Over the last four weeks, we conducted ground searches, aerial searches, K-9 search and entered Sasha's information to federal databases that would alert us if law enforcement had contact with her," Sheriff Ferrari said, according to CNN.
The last time Krause was seen was on January 18 when he was leaving her home within a Mennonite compound.
A friend told the police that Krause was going to church to pick up schoolbooks and put them into her car, according to the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office.
Krause’s vehicle was found parked at the Mennonite church which was just 75 yards away from where she lived, according to CNN.
Krause left her belongings and purse inside her room. There were no packed suitcases or letters left behind. Police said her purse still had her wallet, credit cards, and cash inside.
Witnesses told police they noticed a white SUV, minivan or pickup truck at the church at about 8 p.m., which is the time Krause left her home, according to CNN.
Another witness said he was walking around the area and saw a white smaller SUV take off at a high rate of speed leaving the compound, according to CNN.
Any possible witnesses who may have any information are being asked to call authorities.