Unsolved: Marion police revisit 2017 missing person case as family pushes for answers


MARION, Va. (WJHL) – Marion, Virginia police are taking another look at a 2-year-old missing person case.

Meghann Pakacki of Saltville, Virginia was last seen in May 2017 in Marion.

Pakacki was 23-years-old when she went missing.

Investigators are re-examining the case and starting from the beginning.

According to police, Meghann was last seen in the Fern Lane area of Marion on May 20th, 2017. While Police know she was getting into a vehicle, they are still trying to figure out who she was getting into the vehicle with.

“We believe firmly that she left the area of Fern Lane with someone. And we want to know who that person was,” Marion, Virginia Police Chief John Clair said.

So far police said they’ve had fewer than a dozen leads in this missing person case.

“Some folks had talked about they had contact with her online on social media,” Lt. Rusty Hamm with the Marion, Virginia Police Department said.

The last tip in the case came in about a year ago, and now they’ve decided it’s time to take another look.

“Making sure we didn’t miss anything the first time, going down the list. Sometimes people remember things later on,” Sgt. Wes Thomas with the Marion, Virginia Police Department said.

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Pakacki’s mother Lori Haynes describes her as a kind soul who is lovable and intelligent.

She last heard from her via text on May 19, 2017 – the day before she was last seen.

“She said I don’t want to be found, things like that. It just didn’t make sense,” Haynes said.

She’s worried she’s in danger.

“I just want to know that she’s alive and that she’s safe. I just want to hear from my daughter,” Haynes said.

She’s also traveled to multiple states searching for her daughter. She’s not giving up.

“I will knock on however many doors it takes until I find my baby,” Haynes said.

If you have any information on Pakacki’s whereabouts you’re asked to called the Marion, Virginia Police Department at 276-783-8145.

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