Dog remains recovered at Lake of the Pines search site |

Dog remains recovered at Lake of the Pines search site

Auburn police said today they believe the remains of a dog excavated in a Lake of the Pines home Tuesday could help crack the case of a woman who has been missing since 1982.

The dog, which died shortly before the disappearance of 28-year-old Janet Kay Kovacich from her Auburn home, is expected provide some information in the case, Auburn Chief Nicholas Willick said.

Kovacich disappeared on Dec. 8, 1982. Her husband, Paul Kovacich was a Placer County Sheriff’s deputy at the time and reported her missing.

The ex-husband’s parents’ home in Lake of the Pines was searched Tuesday. He is currently not a suspect in the disappearance, an Auburn police spokeswoman said.

“We don’t really know how she left her house,” Auburn Police Sgt. Chris Reams said. “We believe she is dead.”

Janet Kovacich was last seen at her children’s school, three days before the missing person report was filed. No body was ever found, and Janet Kovacich was declared “legally dead” by a judge in January 1995.

According to earlier stories by The Union, Kovacich and her family lived off Combie Road in southern Nevada County before moving to Auburn.

For more on this story, pick up Thursday’s The Union.

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