ST PETER — A detective working to find a former St. Peter woman who has been missing since February said there is a good chance the Colorado case will turn into a murder investigation.
That detective asked for assistance Monday from the St. Peter Police Department, according to an affidavit requesting a search warrant that was filed Thursday in Blue Earth County District Court. Mark Slavsky of the Wheat Ridge Police Department was looking for medical records for Leann “Annie” Meyer from Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato.
A friend told police she last heard from Meyer on Feb. 23, but her family said she was last seen Feb. 7. That’s when she left her job in downtown Denver because she wasn’t feeling well. Wheat Ridge is a suburb of Denver.
Randy Gustafson of St. Peter, Meyer’s brother-in-law, said the family suspects someone else could have been sending text messages with Meyer’s phone. Investigators have wanted to question a woman who was living in Meyer’s house, but that woman has refused to answer questions.
Meyer was raised in St. Peter and was treated for a broken leg at the Mankato hospital in 1980. She also received surgery on the same leg at the hospital in 1983. When Slavsky called the hospital, he was told the records still exist but he would need a court order to obtain them.
So Slavsky sent an affidavit explaining the situation to Travis Sandland, a St. Peter detective. Slavsky said the X-rays of Meyer’s leg would help investigators identify her if a body is found.
“As of this date, Leann Meyer has not been located,” Slavsky said in the affidavit. “It is quite likely that Leann Meyer is the victim of a criminal act and might be deceased.
“One of the responsibilities of my investigation is to locate evidence that would be helpful in identifying the remains of unknown persons.”
The search was approved by District Court Judge George Harrelson and the records were turned over to Sandland on Thursday morning.
During an interview with the CBS television news station in Denver earlier this month, Meyer’s brother Mark said he thinks his sister is dead. He told a reporter at the station he had met with investigators and was told they would be receiving information about where to send search parties. The family, which hosted a fundraiser in St. Peter recently, has been doing searches in Colorado since they learned on March 5 that Annie Meyer was missing.
Mark Meyer told the CBS reporter investigators used cellphone information to determine where cellphones of interest had been used. John Romero, Wheat Ridge Police Department public information officer, wouldn’t confirm that. He did say some searches will be easier now because the snow in the Denver area is melting. Like Minnesota, the area received more snow than usual this winter, Romero said.
“We haven’t ruled out anything,” he said. “We are looking through all the information we have.”