Investigators spent three days last week scouring the home and property where Anita Bucki was last seen April 26, but they thus far have not been able to locate her.
Lincoln County Chief Deputy Nathan Walrath said extensive investigation was being conducted on the Bucki property at N2034 Wegner Road in the town of Corning.
“We have made efforts to investigate the information here and preserve anything that might lead us to locate her,” Walrath said. “The process of going through the home is to gather information about the individual.”
The State Crime Lab was on the scene and dive teams with sonar were also employed to check nearby water bodies, including the pond behind the Corning fire station. Walrath said the water bodies were checked because those are places they believe she may have gone.
“We wanted to rule out all possibilities in that area,” he said.
An intensive investigation at the Bucki property began Tuesday afternoon and was still ongoing, with numerous officers on scene, Thursday.
“As of right now, we’re conducting a ground search just to make sure she’s not somewhere in the local wooded area here,” Walrath said last Wednesday. “I don’t believe she’s there. We haven’t had any luck with any canine searches that would indicate that she would be in the wooded area.”
Investigators are treating Anita Bucki’s disappearance as a missing person case and do not suspect foul play, Walrath said.
“There are no suspects at this time,” he said.
Walrath said Anita’s family is assisting with the investigation, but no one in the family has heard from her since her disappearance.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office continues to seek information from the public. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the sheriff’s office at 715-536-6272 or Crime Stoppers at 715-536-3726.
On the evening of April 26, sheriff’s office received a call from Anita’s husband, Mark Bucki, reporting that he was unable to find his wife. According to Mark, he and Anita were talking the night before into the early morning hours of April 26. Mark reported that he went to bed and Anita remained up. Mark reported that this was the last time he had seen Anita. Mark advised that he woke up at around 5 a.m. and at that time she was gone.
Anita left all of her personal belongings, as well as her car, purse, and cell phone at the house. Anita is described as 5’0″ and 120 to 150 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing a red in color jersey button down shirt, blue jeans and a brown pair of shoes.
Walrath declined to comment on whether Anita was living with her husband at time she disappeared. She had reportedly been living with a friend in the Wausau area and was planning to move back in to the Wegner Road residence the night before she disappeared.
Anita (Brown) Bucki is a 1983 graduate of Rapid City Central High School in Rapid City, SD. The Bucki’s purchased their property in the town of Corning in 1999, according to land records.