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Sheriff: ‘Person of interest’ in Nancy Moyer case will be in court today

Thurston County Sheriff announces ‘person of interest’ in 10-year-old Nancy Moyer case

Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza discusses the investigation into the 2009 disappearance of Nancy Moyer at a July 11, 2019 press conference.
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Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza discusses the investigation into the 2009 disappearance of Nancy Moyer at a July 11, 2019 press conference.

A man arrested on suspicion of murder in the decade-old disappearance of Nancy Moyer will make a preliminary court appearance Thursday afternoon, Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza said.

The man’s name was not immediately released. Snaza said he was a former coworker of Moyer’s at the Washington Department of Ecology and a former neighbor.

“I can’t stress enough this is still an ongoing investigation and we’re still looking for any leads and information that makes this case come to a conclusion,” Snaza said at a Thursday press conference.

When a reporter asked if the man had confessed to killing Moyer, Snaza said: “He’s made some statements.”

Moyer disappeared from her Tenino area home in March 2009 and is presumed dead. No arrests were made, though investigators determined foul play was involved.

On Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Office announced new information in the case led detectives to a home on the 16500 block of Sheldon Lane Southwest outside Tenino.

That evening, officials had blocked off both ends of Sheldon Lane Southwest. Footage from a KIRO news helicopter above the scene showed heavy equipment digging on the property.

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Detectives were still on the scene Thursday and evidence is being sent to the state’s crime lab, Snaza said.

In the past year, Moyer’s case has been featured on national television and was the subject of a podcast series, “Hide and Seek.” Snaza said renewed attention helped the investigation.

Moyer’s estranged husband and 19-year-old daughter spoke to reporters after Snaza.

“I guess I would say the family is cautiously optimistic. We want to believe this is the end,” Bill Moyer said. “Until there’s a body, we’re not there yet.”

He added he did not know his former neighbor had worked with his wife.

Samantha Moyer said she wanted to know what happened to her mom.

“I’ve struggled a lot. Growing up without a mom sucks, especially when you don’t know where she is,” she said.

“It would help so much to find out what happened to her.”

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