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Search Intensifies for Missing Poynette Woman

By: NBC 15
By: NBC 15

A Columbia County mother is hoping you have information that will bring her daughter home.

48-year-old Mary O'Rourke-Pape of Poynette hasn't been seen since May 31st, and hasn't contacted her children or any other family members.

"We just want... Mary, we want you to know we all love you. We're here for you. Just please call us, and our prayers are with you, and we're just thinking of you all the time, and hope we hear some word where you are... that you're okay, and come back," says Doris O'Rourke, Mary's mother.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Department has not ruled out foul play in the case. They say the search has come to a standstill. "We have basically exhausted all of our leads, we've done everything we can, and that is why we're calling and asking the public to give us any help," says Sheriff Steven Rowe.

The Sheriff also says O'Rourke-Pape was in the process of getting divorced. Her estranged husband's not considered a suspect in her disappearance at this time, but until foul play has been ruled out, investigators say no one has been cleared.

Mary O'Rourke-Pape may be driving a champagne-colored 1996 Toyota Camry, with Wisconsin plate 956-CYH.

If you have any idea where she is, or know anything about this case, please call the Columbia County Sheriff's Office at (608) 742-4166, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-293-TIPS (8477).

One more note about this case, a registered sex offender lives in the area and was arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman at knifepoint earlier this month.

Investigators tell NBC 15 they don't think there's a connection between the two cases, but can't rule anything out entirely.


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