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Sarasota detectives reopening 2012 missing woman case

The search for Patricia 'Erin' Scala continues

SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) - Detectives in Sarasota are reopening the case of a young woman who went missing more than six years ago.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office says it is looking for information related to the disappearance of Patricia "Erin" Scala after a recent tip about her case turned out to be nothing.

Scala was 27 years old when her mother reported her missing back in June 2012. From that day through October 2017, detectives say they interviewed dozens of friends, associates and neighbors. They also looked through phone, bank and other electronic accounts. Ultimately, detectives were unable to find her.

They are now continuing their search for information after a recent tip from someone who knew her.

Back in September of this year, detectives say someone reached out to them saying Scala may have been the victim of a homicide. The person indicated her remains were on the property of the home she last lived in on Van Drive.

Detectives worked with the current homeowner and examined the property for two days but could not find any evidence.

The sheriff's office says detectives are now "continuing their efforts to glean more information" on what happened to Scala, who would now be 33.

Anyone with information is asked to call (941) 861-4900 or leave an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip by calling (941) 366-TIPS. You can also submit a tip on the Crime Stoppers website.


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