Truck seized in search for long-missing woman
Auburn Police continued Thursday to secure evidence believed to be linked to the disappearance 22 years ago of Janet Kovacich, whose parents-in-law had their Lake of the Pines home searched this week.
Detective Sgt. Chris Reams said his agency seized a Ford Bronco – once owned by Janet and Paul Kovacich – from an Auburn storage facility Thursday.
The truck, along with items taken from the home of Paul Kovacich’s parents Tuesday, have been turned over to the FBI’s forensic lab for analysis, according to a statement by the Auburn Police Department.
DNA samples obtained from family members have also been sent to a lab for analysis, police said.
The long-cold case was re-opened about a year and a half ago, in part because of advancements in forensic technology, authorities said. Several regional law-enforcement agencies are involved in the investigation.
Armed with a search warrant for a missing dog, authorities spent much of Tuesday with backhoes and shovels at the Torrey Pines Drive home of Paul R. Kovacich. Investigators took several pieces of evidence, including the remains of the dog, which reportedly died just prior to Janet Kovacich’s disappearance from her Auburn home.
Janet Kovacich was reported missing in September 1982. She and her husband, then a Placer County Sheriff’s deputy, had two children. She was legally declared dead in 1994.
Attempts by The Union to reach Paul Kovacich or his parents have been unsuccessful this week.
A return to Lake of the Pines for more investigation is possible, Reams said Thursday.
“I would say, in my opinion, we wouldn’t want to close any doors at this point,” Reams said.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Capt. Valerie Harris at 823-4237, ext. 203, or Reams at ext. 221.
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