Sheriffs confirm new suspect in disappearance of Nancy Renkas

Published: Jul. 20, 2018 at 4:15 PM EDT
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Dickinson County Det. Derek Dixon confirmed they have a suspect in the disappearance of 47-year-old Nancy Renkas two years ago.

Authorities believe the suspect knew Renkas and they may not have had a good relationship.

The name or any other information about the suspect is not being released at this time. Authorities do not want to compromise the investigation or future prosecution.

Renkas lived in Florence County and resided with her two sons, Marvin and Joseph. She was last seen on July 18, 2016 at approximately 12:30 p.m. parked in her vehicle at the Super One Foods near US-2 in Iron Mountain.

A few moments later, she was seen getting into a white SUV that pulled up to her vehicle and departed on US-2 eastbound from Super One Foods. Renkas never returned to her vehicle or home in Florence, Wisconsin.

She had mentioned meeting with the SUV driver to go look at a camper, and left perishable groceries in her vehicle. Authorities believe that this means she thought it was going to be a short trip.

The SUV driver was considered a person of interest in the case early on and was interviewed by Florence County and Dickinson County law enforcement.

According to Dickinson County Sheriff's, the person gave false and misleading statements about his or her contact with Renkas the day she disappeared.

Sheriff’s then searched the SUV and the person’s cell phone. Based off that, sheriffs now consider the person of interest, a suspect. That suspect has obtained an attorney.

Detective Dixon has said they get reports of sightings from around the country, but none of them have been confirmed.

Authorities believe she is not voluntarily missing because there is money still in an account that has not been touched since her disappearance.

Along with the sheriff's department, multi-jurisdictional task forces are still searching.

If you have any tips or any relevant information on Renkas' whereabouts, you are asked to call the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department.