Kidnapped and Killed: A woman’s body found outside Flagstaff, Arizona last week was positively identified as missing 27-year-old Mennonite Sasha Krause, who, according to researchers, was kidnapped and murdered
Arizona authorities have positively identified a body found last week as a Mennonite woman from New Mexico, which they now say has been kidnapped and murdered.
Sasha Krause, 27, was last seen alive on January 18 and picked up items from the Farmington Mennonite Church in northwestern New Mexico. Her car was parked outside.
A body corresponding to her description was discovered on Friday near Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki National Monuments in Arizona, more than 270 miles from where Krause was last seen.
Fingerprints taken on the spot corresponded to Krause’s driver’s license record in Texas, and an autopsy on the body on Monday confirmed her identity, authorities.
San Juan County Sheriff Shane Ferrari released a video statement on Tuesday stating that the investigation into Krause’s disappearance is now moving to a criminal investigation … to identify the person responsible for Sasha’s kidnapping and murder and to hold on ‘.
“We are fully committed to catching this individual and bringing peace to the Krause family,” the sheriff added.
The results of the autopsy by the Coconino County medical research agency in Arizona will last several weeks.
“I think it’s all sort of a mystery right now,” said Jon Paxton, spokesman for the Coconino County Sheriff. “Once we have a cause of the ME, it will really improve us.”
Paxton said it is unclear when Krause died or how long her body had been there.
On February 21, the office of the Coconino County sheriff in Arizona reported that she had found a body of a woman who met her description
The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office announced a $ 50,000 reward to find Krause on February 12. She was last seen leaving her Farmington home around 8 p.m. on January 18 and did not return
Krause was last seen in Farmington, New Mexico and the body believed to be hers was found 250 miles away in Coconino County, Arizona
During the weekend, Krause’s family members posted on social media that her body was found.
“My dear, beautiful niece has been found. Our heart is breaking and I hardly know what to say, but we appreciate everyone’s prayers for our family today, “a woman who said she was Krause’s aunt on Saturday.
According to reports from family members, a traditional Mennonite funeral service for Krause is taking place in Grandview, Texas on Friday.
Krause was last seen around 8 o’clock in the evening and January 18. She never came back.
The police found her car parked in a nearby church near her home, but she left things she would normally take with her.
On January 19, delegates were sent to Lamp & Lighters Publishers on County Road 5577 in the Crouch Mesa area around 3:00 am for reports related to her disappearance. Krause worked at the publishing house.
Since her disappearance, members of the Mennonite community have shared her image on social media and say they may have interrupted a burglary and been abducted.
The office of the San Juan County sheriff announced a $ 50,000 reward to find her on 12 February.
“We are absolutely investigating all possible routes. As for the ongoing burglary, we have no information to indicate that it is really true, “said Harcrow at the time.
Last weekend, Krause’s family members posted on social media that her body was found. “My dear, beautiful niece has been found. Our heart is breaking and I hardly know what to say, but we appreciate everyone’s prayers for our family during this time, “said a woman who said she was Krause’s aunt on Saturday
The body believed to be Krause was found in the Wupatki National Monument area, but no additional details were released. A woman named Jennifer Krause shared this message on Saturday and said that Sasha’s body was found
Researchers watched surveillance video images in their search for Krause and conducted helicopter investigations.
‘We want to reassure the public that we have thoroughly searched the area where she was last seen with multiple tracking teams, a tracking canine and community volunteers. We continue to look for Lamp & Light Publishing and the community where she lives, “the sheriff’s office said Thursday.
For more information, contact the San Juan County Sheriff office at 505-333-7878