Police start digging at Pagnac home in Maple Grove

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. – For the first time in their five day search, investigators started digging at the Pagnac home on the 9700 block of Hemlock Lane North Friday in their search for Amy Pagnac.

Pagnac was 13 years old when she disappeared 25 years ago near a gas station while her adoptive father went inside to use the restroom.

"What you're seeing isn't necessarily the only piece of our process. We are really working hard to bring Amy home," said Maple Grove Police Captain Keith Trelinden.

Investigators would not reveal why they're digging or what they're digging for, but they did say the search will probably continue through the weekend.

"We are still working with Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and the FBI," said Trelinden.

Neighbors told KARE 11 they noticed the digging Friday morning, first in the front yard and then in the back. They said investigators used a backhoe and a bobcat, sifting through dirt and hauling away concrete.

"It's just a procedure," said Susan Pagnac, Amy's mother.

She and her husband are staying elsewhere in the Twin Cities while their home is searched.

Pagnac said she doesn't know why investigators would be digging up her yard; all she knows is people are talking about her daughter again, 25 years after she disappeared.

"If this gets us one step closer to bringing Amy home, than it's worth every minute," she said.

Police have said Amy's parents are not suspects.

"The police are keeping everyone at bay," said neighbor Cindy Dunn.

She and others wonder when their quiet neighborhood will return.

"I want to know what the heck is going on. It's creepy," she said.


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