A woman classified as missing for the past seven months has been ruled dead by Edmonton police after remains found last fall were determined to be those of Patricia Pangracs.
Pangracs was last heard from on June 8, 2019. A month later she was officially classified as missing. Edmonton Police invited media last August to attend a co-ordinated search in Strathcona County in an effort to encourage public tips on her whereabouts.
“That search was unsuccessful in recovering her remains,” said Det. Jared Buhler, the lead investigator in the case. “We essentially expanded that area north and south of that location based on information we received, and it was in that subsequent search that she was located.”
Buhler said a dog team assisted in finding the remains and police were subsequently able to match them to Pangracs. Both the police investigation and medical examination into Pangracs’ death is ongoing.
The Edmonton Homicide Section was first called in on the investigation in late July and Buhler said the circumstances of her disappearance and their ensuing investigation has led police to suspect foul play.
“She was involved in the drug subculture,” said Buhler. “Definitely those associations and that lifestyle factored into the circumstances leading up to and surrounding her death.”
Police are not releasing a cause of death at this time for investigative reasons and Buhler said they do not currently have anyone in custody.
Pangracs was last seen wearing dark pants, blue heeled boots, a dark zippered jacket and a white long-sleeved shirt. Police believe she also had a purse, phone and sunglasses with her when she went missing, and she was driving a white 2011 Cadillac CTS with damage to its front bumper before she disappeared.
Police previously released surveillance footage from June 7 showing Pangracs at a gas station in Bruderheim north of Edmonton. It is the last image police were able to obtain of her.
Investigators believe she was also in the Beaumont area before she went missing. Edmonton Police previously released a map detailing a route they believe Pangracs had taken before disappearing. That route includes 60 Avenue to Rue Montalet, 50 Street, and Township Road 510 to the intersection of Township Road 514 and Range Road 233.
Buhler said Pangracs’ family has been notified that police have found her remains and they have no comment at this time.