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Sachiko McClurg’s body has yet to be located one year later

TUCSON – It was a year ago this month when Sachiko McClurg and her daughter Jeni were kidnapped by her daughter’s estranged husband. Jeni was rescued, Sachiko has never been found.  Detectives said they believe she is buried somewhere in the desert between a 90 mile stretch of road between Mesa and Oro Valley.

Scot is one of the McClurg’s three children. He spoke to News 4 Tucson. He said he misses his mother every day, and it is just not the same without her. He said it has been challenging to figure out their new normal.

He said his sister Jeni is adjusting. She is still undergoing cancer treatments and doing well.

But the entire family is still trying to fill the void of not having their mother and not knowing where she was buried.

Detective Jonathan Siress with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department homicide unit has been working the case.  Siress along with other detectives gathered information that led them to Pine, Arizona where the estranged husband Norman Schrank III had taken Jeni.

When Gila County authorities rescued Jeni there were so signs of her mother.

Detective Siress said he questioned Jeni, but she could only give him limited information. Due to her illness, she has lost her eyesight.  She did tell him she remembered traveling on gravel roads, and Schrank stopping the car sometimes and moving items around the vehicle. However, she was unable to give street signs or directions.

Schrank never told him where Sachiko’s body was either.

News 4 Tucson obtained a copy of an interview PCSD detectives conducted with Schrank in Payson Arizona.

Here is an excerpt:

PCSD detective:  Did she leave that house in the white Nissan?

Schrank: Yeah

PCSD Detective: O.K.

PCSD detective: Was she in the front of was she in the trunk of the Nissan?

Schrank:  She was in the trunk

PCSD detective: I know she didn’t get out and walk of out the trunk

Schrank:  Yeah

PCSD Detective:  So where is Sachiko’s body?

Detective Siress added, “He would give me a shrug of the shoulders, tell me he doesn’t remember and he never told me as to where she was.”  However, Schrank did admit to him she was dead and gone.

They questioned him for four hours, afterwards, Schrank was arrested and charged with murder, kidnapping, burglary, unlawful imprisonment and transporting and concealing a dead body. He was taken to the Pima County Jail.

Two weeks later, he committed suicide in his jail cell.

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department along with Gila County Sheriff’s Department searched the area around Pine AZ, they sent Search and Rescue teams from both agencies, they also searched by air.

Scot McClurg said he and his family had nothing but praise for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. He added they did awesome work in helping them.

He said it’s been hard for the whole family. They would like to find her and put her to rest and have some closure.

Detective Siress told News 4 Tucson, “I would love nothing more than to be able to find Sachiko and bring her home for the family.”

If anyone has information call 9-1-1 or 88-CRIME.



Lupita Murillo

Lupita Murillo is an investigative reporter. She is part of the Digging Deeper team that uncovers important issues focusing on crime that affects the community.

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