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Search under way for missing woman Shawnta Pankey, 25

'We’re looking at every conceivable possibility ...'

Shawnta Larae Pankey, 25, of Grangeville

Credit: Idaho County Sheriff's Office
Shawnta Larae Pankey, 25, of Grangeville

UPDATE, Monday, April 23 - The search for missing 25-year-old Grangeville woman Shawnta LaRae Pankey is continuing. According to an update released today by the Idaho County Sheriff's Office, detectives and deputies are continuing to investigate all aspects of this case and are requesting assistance from the public.

The public is asked:

  • If you saw Shawnta after midnight Sunday morning, April 15th, anywhere in North Central Idaho; or
  • If you have information about a man and a dog with a green pickup with Utah plates and a camper that was at Pine Bar the weekend of April 14th and 15th.

Contact dispatch at 208-983-1100. Call if you have any information related to this missing person case.


Idaho County Sheriff's Office

Shawnta Larae Pankey, 25, of Grangeville

Search efforts continued as of press time Tuesday for missing Grangeville woman, Shawnta Larae Pankey, 25, last seen on Sunday morning. Circumstances concerning her disappearance are being investigated.

“We’re looking at every conceivable possibility to cover those bases,” said Detective Jerry Johnson, Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO), “and we’re trying to put people on each of those issues.”

Pankey has no cell phone or vehicle and has made no contact with family members.

She is a white female, 5’04” tall, 135 pounds, long red curly hair, brown eyes and was last seen wearing a blue and green tank top, blue jeans, pink cowboy boots and possibly carrying a brown leather purse.

Pankey was reportedly last seen on foot near Pine Bar along the Salmon River on Sunday, April 15, about 10 a.m. According to Johnson, she and a boyfriend were camping at the site. The pair had a minor disagreement, and it was reported she decided to go on a walk. ICSO was contacted Monday afternoon, April 16, by Pankey’s mother, who reported her missing after she had not picked up her child.

Searchers have initially focused efforts on the roadway and ditches of her last-known route if she may have taken a wrong step and become injured. A river search is also planned.

ICSO and Idaho County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Bureau of Land Management and family members are currently searching the area around Pine Bar and Graves Creek.

“A lot of family is assisting with the search,” Johnson said. “A lot of people are searching. That’s a good thing.”

ICSO asks anyone who may have seen Pankey in the past several days to contact the dispatch center at 208-983-1100.


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