Amy Sue Pagnac: Police Search Parents’ Home In 1989 Cold Case

Amy Sue Pagnac vanished without a trace in 1989. Twenty-five years later, Maple Grove, Minnesota, authorities are searching her parents’ home. Although the details of the search are unknown, authorities confirmed that “the investigation is still ongoing.”

On August 5, 1989, the 13-year-old girl was reported missing by her stepfather — Marshall Midden. According to reports, Midden and his stepdaughter spent the day at their family farm. On the way home, Midden stopped at the Holiday Gas Station in Osseo, to use the restroom.

Midden said Amy was supposed to wait in the car. However, when he returned, Amy was gone. Although authorities searched the region extensively, Amy Sue Pagnac was never found.

Amy’s mother, Sue Pagnac, said she has “no reason to believe Amy’s dead.” At the time of her disappearance, Sue was concerned that her daughter wandered off, as she experienced unexplained seizures.

In a recent interview with Twin Cities, Sue Pagnac revealed that her daughter also “went through bouts of being extremely angry.” However, she had been “acting normal” in the weeks leading up to her disappearance.

On Sunday morning, local authorities approached Sue Pagnac and Marshall Midden’s home with a search warrant. Although the details of the warrant are sealed, authorities expect to spend several days searching the home and surrounding property.

KSTP News reports that Pagnac and Midden were asked to leave the home during the search. However, authorities confirmed that the parents are not suspects in their daughter’s disappearance.

Witnesses said the property is being searched by a crew of 100 investigators. Authorities said the investigators have not begun digging, but they have not ruled out the possibility.

On Monday, utility crews marked the location of underground lines throughout the property. Additionally, neighbors said they were warned that “heavy machinery” would be used in the search.

Sue Pagnac believes the search was initiated due to rumors. Following Amy’s disappearance, Pagnac and Midden reportedly spent years updating their landscaping. In a recent interview, neighbors said “they suspected something was amiss… for years.”

As she denies any wrongdoing, Sue said the renewed search is “the best thing that could happen. She hopes the new search will lead to more clues about her daughter’s disappearance.


Amy Sue Pagnac was one of three Minnesota children who vanished in 1989. In April, 2-year-old Aaron Anderson went missing while playing in his front yard. In October, 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling was abducted by an unknown suspect, who threatened him with a gun. Although authorities have not linked the cases, all three children remain missing.

As the search for Amy Sue Pagnac continues, her parents are trying to remain optimistic.

[Images via Blogspot and KSTP]

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