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Cold Case: Marchelle Hansen's Story

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PHILLIPS (WAOW) -- It's been nearly twenty five years since someone last saw Phillips woman, Marchelle Hansen. Today, her disappearance remains a mystery, but her family and friends say they aren't giving up their fight for justice. Not a day goes by without Ron Hansen wondering what happened to his younger sister Marchelle Hansen.

 "It's been 20 something years now, it's been a long haul, so hopefully some day we'll find her and who did this to her," said Ron Hansen.

Marchelle, or as those close to her called her, Shelly, disappeared back in November of 1987, at the age of 23, leaving many unanswered questions for friends, family, and co-workers.

"Disbelief. It's like how can somebody disappear and no one know where she is, then of course speculation of who could have done this," said Hansen's co-worker, Deborah Raskie.

Friends say the disappearance came as a shock to the entire community.

"I think there is a part of you that doesn't believe it's real," said Hansen's co-worker, Susie Honsa.

 And what makes it even more difficult - Shelly was pregnant.

 "She could probably have a little daughter or son right know you know? We'll never know that," said Ron Hansen.

Investigators said Shelly worked several part time jobs, including at this plating factory, and a company called Marquip, where she was last seen. It was five days later she was reported missing after she didn't show up for work at a local IGA Grocery Store.

Police said her red car was found untouched at a restaurant called Lake 10 Tavern. It's now an apartment complex that's not far from where she lived at the Starlight Apartments.

 Investigator Christopher Jarosinski has been working this case since 2003. He said with a case more than two decades old there are some challenges, but he said he doesn't give up hope.

 "There are significant difficulties that are present due to the number of years, although we do need to continue to do our best for Shelly and for her family," said Investigator Chris Jarosinski.

 Jarosinksi said the Price County Sheriff's Department is always looking for new information in the case, searching on ground and underwater. And for Shelly's, brother, Ron, it's an answer he's been waiting more than 20 years to learn.

"We're not giving up, we're working on it all the time. Price County Sheriff's Department is working on it and I'm in contact with them all the time and we're not going to give up till we find out where she is and who did this to her," said Ron Hansen.

 Investigators said there are persons of interests in this case, but did not release the names. Shelly's brother, Ron, said just finding her remains would bring them another step closer to tracking down a suspect. Until then, he said he's not giving up his fight.

"Well, you just think of all the different possibilities and keep on thinking of different things you know, and check them out that's all you can do and hopefully you hit the nail on the head some day," Ron Hansen said.

 Investigators said if you have any information regarding this case, you're asked to contact the Price County Sheriff's Department.     

Confidential Tip Line: (888) 494-8095

Price County Sheriff's Department Division of Criminal Investigation: (715) 839-3830.

Online Reporter: Courtney Fasano

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