Missing Iowa Woman’s Car Found in St. Louis-area

Carol Daniel

ST. LOUIS, MO.(KMOX) – Authorities from Washington County in Iowa are in St. Louis investigating after the car owned by a missing woman from Iowa was found in the St. Louis area Saturday.

Iowa investigators say 45-year-old Sharon Hopf’s car was found Saturday near Wright City along Interstate 70.  The white 1999 Chevy Lumina was found near an abandoned home in the 28000 block of Highway F, just outside Wright City’s city limits.  Authorities say the car and the surrounding area was searched, but Hopf was not located.  The car is described as being in, “normal” condition.

Hopf, of rural Crawfordsville, Iowa was reported missing last Thursday by her husband after she did show up for work at one of the two furniture stores her family owns, Hopf Home Furnishings in Kalona, Iowa.

In Iowa, Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar tells KMOX News, employees called Hopf’s husband around noon to tell him she hadn’t show up yet.  Dunbar says they have few leads but they are following all of them.

He says they have been able to determine that Hopf  got gas at 7:28 Thursday morning at a local gas station near the interstate.  He says that’s the last point they were able to track her until her car was found in the St. Louis area.

Sheriff Dunbar says, “We are treating this as a missing persons case so we are not ruling out anything at this point.”

Anyone with information regarding Hopf’s whereabouts is asked to call the Washington County Sheriff’s office in Iowa at 319-653-2107 or the Warren County Sheriff’s office at 636-456-7088.

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