Around noon today, the body of Sandra Pagniano was discovered buried in a remote area about 10 miles northwest of her home on N Yaqui Drive, outside of Prescott. The effort to locate her has been non-stop since her reported disappearance and involved deputies, a full contingent of detectives and some incredible search and rescue volunteers. Without the help of these selfless volunteers, the large search area would have been impossible to cover in such a short time frame. Sheriff Mascher was on scene to personally thank everyone involved for their dedication to see this case resolved.
Further details on the investigation and search are expected tomorrow.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to express its condolences to the Sandra’s family on her tragic death.
On Sunday, May 21, 2017, deputies took a missing person report involving 39-year-old Sandra Pagniano who resides in the 13000 block of N Yaqui Drive outside of Prescott. The report was made by a family friend. Sandra was last seen on Friday, May 19, 2017, and when she did not show up for a scheduled social event, friends became concerned. YCSO detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau were contacted and over the course of the last few days, developed information that Sandra may have been harmed or killed by her husband, 55-year-old David Pagniano.
Evidence obtained in the last 24 hours led to the arrest of David this morning for one count of 2nd Degree Murder. David was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center and remains in-custody on a 2-million-dollar bond. The couple, who were separated but living together in the home on Yaqui Drive, have two children ages 8 and 12, who are currently under monitored care. A search for Sandra is ongoing.
Detectives are seeking any information on the whereabouts of Sandra Pagniano or those with information that might aid in the current investigation. You are urged to call the Criminal Investigations Bureau at 928-771-3278 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. Callers to Silent Witness providing a tip that leads to her whereabouts become eligible for a $1000 reward. Anyone with game cameras in the vicinity of this home, or areas north and west, are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office as part of the ongoing investigation.