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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Monday, January 9, 2012 amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Law Enforcement Agencies Investigate the Disappearance of a Washington County Woman

Crawfordsville, IOWA --- The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) are conducting an investigation into the disappearance of a rural Washington County woman.  On January 5, 2012, Sharon R. Hopf of rural Crawfordsville, Iowa, failed to show up at her business in Kalona, Iowa.  Later that evening, Hopf was reported missing by her husband and other family members who had been looking for her throughout the day.

View the missing person information on Hopf at the Iowa Missing Person Information Clearinghouse website.

Since January 5, 2012, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the DCI have been conducting an investigation into Sharon Hopf’s disappearance.  A nationwide "Attempt to Locate" bulletin was issued for Sharon Hopf and her 1999 Chevy Lumina.  Various searches were conducted in Washington County and an aerial search was conducted by the Iowa State Patrol’s Air Wing.

On January 7, 2012, the Warren County, Missouri Sheriff’s Office located Hopf’s vehicle near Wright City, Missouri, which is located approximately 30 miles West of St. Louis, Missouri on Interstate 70.  The car was found at an abandoned home located at 28566 Hwy F just outside the city limits.  The surrounding area near the location of Hopf’s car was searched, but Sharon Hopf was not located.

Law enforcement agencies from both Iowa and Missouri continue to investigate the disappearance of Sharon Hopf.  Persons with information regarding her whereabouts or information related to her disappearance are asked to contact one of the following agencies:

In Iowa: Washington County Sheriff’s Office    (319) 653-2107
     
In Missouri: Warren County Sheriff’s Office (636) 456-7088

For questions contact:  Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar at (319) 653-2107.

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