13-year-old Amy Sue Pagnac was last heard from or seen on August 5, 1989, when she and her father stopped at a gas station on their way back from the family farm in Isanti County. She has vanished without a trace since then.
Even though it has been more than 30 years since her disappearance, the case is still being investigated because no one knows for certain where she could have gone or who could have abducted her.
Over thirty years after her daughter’s abduction, her mother, Susan Pagnac, is still extremely concerned about her daughter’s well-being, despite the hope that she will one day receive a phone call stating, “We have found her, and she is coming home.”
The disappearance of Amy, according to Amy’s mother, had a profound effect on her life. During her interview with KARE 11, she expressed her regret and anger over missing all of her daughter’s major life events.
“You do not anticipate that they will vanish, and the last thing you anticipate is that they will not only vanish but also remain silent for 30 years. She stated, “We missed her commencement. We were late to her first date. We did not witness her attending college.” Since they had missed all of her birthdays since she turned 13, she wished they could celebrate her 40th birthday with her.
The Disappearance of Amy Sue Pagnac
Amy and her father, Marshall Midden, stopped at the Holiday Inn gas station in Osseo, Minnesota at approximately 4:30 p.m. on their way home from a family farm visit on August 5, 1989. Two miles separated their residence in the 9700 block of Hemlock Lane north in Maple Grove, Minnesota from the gas station.
Amy vanished from their parked vehicle while Midden went inside the station for a moment to use the restroom. Authorities initially suspected that Amy had run away from home, as she had done so repeatedly during the summer but always returned shortly thereafter. She is no longer considered a runaway, however.
It is unknown whether Amy’s medical condition, which caused seizures, was the cause of her disappearance. It is possible that she had a seizure while Midden was inside the building, became disoriented, and subsequently walked away from the car.
In contrast, her mother believes that if she had suffered from seizures, she would not have wished to hide from her father and flee.
Importantly, no other witnesses besides Amy’s father reported seeing her at the gas station that day, and police were unable to independently confirm her presence.
Her family believes she was kidnapped because she was eager to begin eighth grade.
According to HaveYouSeenUs.com, she occasionally experienced fits of rage and seizures and required frequent allergy medication, so her disappearance is a major cause for concern among her family members. Investigators executed a search warrant at her parents’ Maple Grove residence, but neither she nor a suspect in her arrest have been located.
Susan is pleading with the public to share any newly discovered information. In addition, she stated that she would like to speak with the individual who called early in the investigation to confirm that they knew Amy, but has not contacted them since. They could speak up and possibly clarify what was meant, or they may have observed something crucial.
The investigation into the disappearance of Amy Sue Pagnac is ongoing, and her case remains open. In addition, the Maple Grove police have established a separate room to investigate her disappearance.
In addition, the police of Maple Grove encourage anyone with information about Amy to contact them. Posters have, over the years, depicted what Amy Sue Pagnac would look like as she aged in order to help people recognize her.
In the spring of 2014, authorities conducted a search of Amy’s parents’ farm in Isanti County, Minnesota, as well as their residence in Maple Grove, Minnesota, in an attempt to locate any relevant evidence. However, the searches produced no promising results. As a result of these searches, the case gained renewed attention.
Amy’s parents have maintained their innocence and denied any involvement in her disappearance. Amy’s mother believes that her daughter was possibly abducted for sexual exploitation.
The case “still remains a top priority,” according to Maple Grove Police, and they owe it to Amy to bring her back.