MAPLE GROVE, Minn. - Police will spend the week searching a Maple Grove home as part of a decades-old missing person investigation.
Officials said they executed a search warrant at a home located on the 9700 block of Hemlock Lane North around 9 a.m. Sunday as part of their investigation into the disappearance of Amy Pagnac.
Pagnac was 13 years old when she disappeared in 1989. She was last seen inside her step-father's car, which was parked outside of a Holiday gas station in Osseo.
Maple Grove Police Captain Keith Terlinden said he can't release details of the investigation, but said police plan on being at the home, which is where Pagnac lived when she disappeared, until Friday, around the clock. Property records show her parents still live at the home.
Terlinden said police have worked tirelessly on the case since Pagnac was first reported missing.
"We really, really want to bring Amy home. There's not an officer in our police department that's not aware of Amy, and we really think it's important and it's our mission to make sure she's brought home," says Terlinden.
Crime scene experts carried out boxes of evidence and scoured the backyard, hidden by a tall fence and thick vegetation.
Terlinden said his investigative team has traveled to Iowa and California to follow leads, and after 25 years, still keeps a photo of Amy posted in the police office.
"I will tell you, as a father of daughters, we want to make sure we find Amy. We are all in this profession to take care of folks, and this is one of those cases that is deep in our agency," said Terlinden.
A crowd of neighbors, many who remember Amy, and describe her parents as quiet and reclusive, crowded around the home.
"Every time you drive by that house, it's like, where is that little girl? It's sad," said Debbie McLennan. "We hope they find her. For crying out loud, it's been so long. Closure and peace. She deserves it. "
Police say the FBI and Hennepin County Sheriff's Department is assisting in the investigation. They do not have anyone in custody.