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Augusta Co. Sheriff’s Office continues search for missing Staunton woman

Published: Oct. 23, 2020 at 5:37 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) (UPDATE 11/23) — The Augusta County Sheriff’s office continues to search for Karen Koogler, 56. In an interview with WHSV, Koogler’s son-in-law, Jared Hartness, said this was all completely unexpected.

“Could not be more out of the ordinary and that has been the craziest thing. I mean we really don’t have any information other than what the sheriff’s office has been able to find,” Hartness explained.

Hartness said that when they found out she was not answering the door and her car was gone, they knew something was wrong. He said his wife and Koogler talk regularly, but nothing about their last conversation gave cause for concern.

“Talking about the things that happen every day,” Hartness said. “Nothing certainly out of the ordinary. That’s kind of what’s been the hardest with all of this, it’s out of nowhere.”

Hartness said if they could say anything to Koogler it would be, “We love you and we just want you to come home.”

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) (UPDATE 11/5) — The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office reports they are still searching for Karen Koogler, of Staunton.

Officials say on Nov. 3, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, sheriff’s offices in Nelson and Buckingham County and the Virginia State Police conducted a waterborne search of the James River near the Route 56 boat ramp in Wingina, Va.

The search met negative results.

According to a press release from the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, on Nov. 4, a search was conducted across a wide area near Wingina. Thirteen members of the sheriff’s office conducted a daylong search for Koogler and her 2012 Subaru Outback, with Virginia tag KNK-6076.

Koogler remains missing. If you have any information regarding Koogler or her whereabouts, contact Investigator Reid with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333.

(UPDATE 10/30) — Officials are still searching for Karen Koogler, a missing, endangered woman from Staunton.

Officials say that Koogler is operating a 2012 Subaru Outback with Virginia license plate KNK-6076.

According to a press release, it was determined that the last known contact with Karen Koogler was at approximately 3 a.m. on Oct. 22 in Fishersville, Va. through further investigation.

Officials say they also discovered that Koogler’s phone was last used on Oct. 23 at approximately 4 a.m. near the Buckingham/Nelson county line.

Officials report that Koogler had also been at the McDonald’s in Dilwyn, Va. on Monday, Oct. 26. Investigators are seeking to identify and contact the individual who reportedly bought Koogler breakfast at McDonald’s.

Investigators say they have been in contact with the Koogler family and with authorities in Buckingham County. On Friday, investigators say they scoured the area of Fish Pond Road in Nelson County, which is believed to be her last known location.

Officials have also requested the assistance of the Virginia State Police aviation unit to survey the surrounding area where the phone was last used.

If you have any information on Koogler or her whereabouts, contact Investigator Reid of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.

(ORIGINAL STORY 10/23) — The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing Staunton woman.

According to a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office, Karen Sue Koogler, 56, was last seen at her home on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Officials say Koogler is 5′4″ and weighs 300 pounds. She has brown hair and blue eyes and may be operating a gray Subaru Outback with Virginia registration KNK-6076.

The post says that Koogler reportedly has a serious medical condition that requires she take medication. Koogler is considered endangered.

If you have any information regarding Koogler, contact the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office at 540-245-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 800-322-2017.

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