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Search For Missing Woman Shifts East of Bend

BEND, OR -- The search continues for a 24-year-old Bend woman reported missing February 20. Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel was at the Knott Landfill Thursday searching for clues to the whereabouts of Sara Gomez. "I was there with some of the officers who were digging through trash with backhoes. We're looking for pieces of evidence and we're looking for Sara everywhere; and we're asking the community to let us know if they see anything unusual or that they think might be related to her disappearance to contact law enforcement."


Hummel tells KBND News investigators are following every lead, including any evidence they gather during their investigation into Bryan Penner, her former boyfriend. "This Penner guy, he's the last person that we know of who has seen her alive, and so we're investigating him, and we're investigating every piece of evidence that we have found relating to her disappearance. We're actively working this, 24/7." Penner is being held on two counts of contempt of court for violating a restraining order Gomez had against him.


Investigators are now focusing search efforts east of town. Bend police ask residents east of Hamby and Ward Roads to check their properties, including abandoned structures, open fields and ponds. Anyone who finds anything suspicious, like unexplained tire tracks or shoe prints, is asked to contact law enforcement at 541-693-6911.

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