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Body of Mennonite Woman Found 250 Miles From Home

Sarah Krause, 27, believed to have been kidnapped from Farmington, NM
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2020 8:21 AM CST

(Newser) – A 27-year-old woman living in New Mexico was kidnapped, investigators say, and her body has turned up some 250 miles away in Arizona. Sasha Krause, a member of the Mennonite community, was last seen leaving her home in Farmington around 8pm on Jan. 18. She was reported missing early the next day; her vehicle was then found at the Farmington Mennonite Church with items she wouldn't typically have left behind, per the Farmington Daily Times. With little to go on and no sign of Krause almost a month later, the San Juan County Sheriff's Office offered a $50,000 reward for information. A body confirmed as Krause's was then found by a camper between Wupatki National Monument and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, north of Flagstaff, Ariz., on Friday, report the Daily Times and Arizona Republic.

"We were convinced from the start that it was an abduction because we are a close-knit community. We know our people," says Samuel Coon of Lamp & Light Publishers, where Krause worked to distribute Bible correspondence courses in various languages, per the Daily Beast. "Sasha was a person of deep integrity, very level-headed. There is no one I would have less expected this to happen to." The eldest of seven children had moved to Farmington from her native Grandview, Texas, where a funeral service is scheduled for this weekend. Krause's father tells the Daily Beast that he finds comfort in a letter she recently sent home, describing "how we don't always understand what God's higher purposes are." Anyone with information on the murder is asked to contact police, who have yet to release a cause of death. (Read more murder stories.)

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