Search Continues in Warren County For Missing Iowa Woman

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Search dogs, firefighters and police officers found no evidence of a missing Iowa woman as they walked the fields and woods of a vacant farm just south of Wright City Wednesday.  45 year old Sharon Hopf of Crawfordsville, IA vanished last week on her way to the furniture store she and her husband own.  Sunday authorities found her cell phone, credit cards and purse locked inside her Chevy Lumina 220 miles from her Iowa home.  The car had been abandoned next to a vacant and vandalized house along Highway F in Warren County.

Wednesday's search focused on a one mile radius from the spot where Hopf's car was found.  "Everything about the car being here is suspicious, but was there signs of a struggle?  Absolutely not," said Warren County Sheriff Kevin Harrington.

The vehicle was found within walking distance of Wright City and Interstate 70 but it produced no evidence.  "Information coming in is absolutely cold," explained Sheriff Harrington.

Harrington added, " From the onset, when we discovered the car and we started putting out the picture we've received nothing, so that's a little frustrating."  The sheriff is hoping someone has seen Hopf and will call with information.

"Did something happen to her or did she just  arrive here and leave and not want to be found?  We don't know," said Harrington before he prepared to join nearly three dozen searchers.

"Maybe the car could be a  diversion. We have to keep every possibility as a real scenario  maybe she's left, maybe it is foul play, we have to assume the worst and hope for the best," Harrington said.

Without new leads, there is nothing more for local law enforcement to do.