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Family of missing Sayner woman hopes for her safe return

SAYNER (WAOW) -- The family of a missing Vilas County woman is holding out hope, and wishing for her safe return. Sandra Schinke of Sayner was last seen Thursday. Since then, authorities have been searching for anything that could lead them to Schinke.
"Just unbelievable, it's not something that happens to you. It happens on TV," said Dawn Mitchell, Schinke's sister.

Dawn Mitchell is still coming to terms with her sister's disappearance. Investigators are not sure what happened, or if foul play could be involved. Schinke's husband, Jim Schinke, was too emotional to talk on camera, but said he was out of town when he sensed a problem.

"He last spoke to her on Wednesday evening. Thursday, he was unable to contact her at the regular time that they spoke every night." said Mitchell.

He called his wife multiple times Thursday and Friday evenings. After he could not get a hold of her, he decided to call police.

"Her husband had asked that they check the house, because he had been unable to contact her, and they were in the house and there was no sign of her," Mitchell.

Mitchell says Schinke's disappearance came out of nowhere. 

"She's very family oriented, it's very out of character for her not to have contacted myself, my sisters back home, my brother, my dad lives in Ashland, and she's very close to him. She always contacts him because of his health, and she's had no contact with him either," said Mitchell.

The family is also bothered by reported sightings of Schinke walking along CTH N. Mitchell says she did not usually travel in that area.

"We have unconfirmed sightings of her walking on N, but they're not sure that it was her because she's average height and weight and hair. And you see somebody walking I don't think they're paying real close attention," said Mitchell.

But, authorities from the Vilas County Sheriff's Department said the sightings are key to finding Schinke.

"The strongest indicators were south of Highway N, and we're looking at that area more closely today," said Frank Tomlanovich, Vilas County Sheriff.

Wherever Schinke may be, her family just wants her back safe and sound.

"Anybody who thinks they may have seen her, it would be nice to be contacted, because we could look in any area they think they've seen her in," said Mitchell.

Authorities said they have checked north and south of CTH N. Tomorrow they will start searching for any sign of Schinke east of that road.

Online Reporter: Julienne Ryan

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