Sheriff’s deputies searching for missing mother of four


Pierce County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing mother of four young kids. Shantel Holznagel, 29, was reported missing by her mom after her family failed to see or hear from her for several weeks.

“Our biggest fear is that she’s no longer with us,” said Shantel’s aunt, Kellee Evans.

Detectives say Holznagel last texted a friend on Aug. 9 at 7 a.m. to come get her and nobody has seen or heard from her since.

“We’re looking for friends who can help us build a timeline because this is going to take a lot of work to figure out exactly when she disappeared,” said Pierce County Sheriff’s Det. Ed Troyer.

Detectives say there are rumors that Holznagel was assaulted but the information is sketchy. Investigators don’t know where the attack happened or who was involved. To complicate matters, Holznagel has been known to live a transient lifestyle and has taken off in the past for long periods of time. “Hopefully, we find her and everything’s okay but we are treating it as suspicious and probable foul play at this point until we learn something different,” said Troyer.

Investigators say they have recently talked to two people who claimed they saw Holznagel in King County but they declined to provide specifics. Her family says she has been dealing with some personal issues and hanging out with a rough crowd.

“I just want my niece found. People know what has happened to her. Please call. Think of it as your own daughter,” said Evans.

Her dad wants her to know that nobody is judging her lifestyle. “Shantel, I’m here for you. If you don’t want to contact them, you can contact me. I will come and get you wherever you’re at and get you the help you need. I just want you to know I love you and we want you home where your kids want you,” he said.

Holznagel is 5-feet, 7-inches tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She has several tattoos including the words “Angel Face” on her back and an image of a diamond on her left ankle.

If you have any information on her whereabouts, you can remain anonymous. Submit a tip to Crime Stoppers of Tacoma\Pierce County by calling 1 (800) 222-TIPS or use the P3 Tips App you can download for free to your phone.

This is one of the cases being featured this weekend on “Washington’s Most Wanted,” airing Friday at 11:30 p.m. on Q13 FOX and Saturday at 10 p.m. on JOEtv.

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