The physique of a lacking New Mexico lady has been found within the Arizona desert, greater than 270 miles away from the “secluded” Mennonite neighborhood she mysteriously vanished from over a month in the past, and investigators are calling it murder.
Sasha Krause, 27, was final seen on Jan. 18 outdoors her Mennonite church in Farmington, N.M., investigators have mentioned. Her automobile was nonetheless within the car parking zone.
A physique matching her description was discovered Friday close to Sundown Crater Nationwide Monument in Flagstaff, Ariz. Fingerprints taken on the scene have been matched with Krause’s driver’s license information from the Texas Motor Automobile Division to verify her identification, Coconino County Sheriff’s Workplace said Tuesday in a news release.
Shane Ferrari, sheriff of New Mexico’s San Juan County, said the case has transitioned to a prison investigation as authorities work to establish and apprehend the individual liable for Krause’s “kidnap and murder.”
He additionally known as Krause’s disappearance from the close-knit Mennonite neighborhood suspicious from the start.
“Very secluded,” Ferrari informed FOX10 Phoenix of the neighborhood. “They’ve a enterprise, they dwell onsite, and we by no means reply there fairly often for something, so it struck us as very odd that we had somebody lacking, particularly since you see them out in a gaggle and having somebody gone was very unusual to us.”
The San Juan County Sheriff’s Workplace dispatched aerial and canine searches over the previous month, however there have been no traces of the lacking 27-year-old. A $50,000 reward was additionally provided for data that led to her restoration.
A medical expert is now working to find out Krause’s reason for dying. No additional particulars have been out there because of the ongoing nature of the investigation, authorities mentioned.
“I think it’s all just kind of a mystery right now,” Coconino County sheriff’s spokesman Jon Paxton informed the station. “Once we get a cause from the [medical examiner], that’s really going to lead us forward.”
Associates remembered Krause as an individual of deep religion.
“It should not occur to anybody,” Paul Kaufman, a co-worker of Krause’s, informed FOX10. “[She was] a devoted Christian, so yeah, she leaves a giant gap with us.”