Investigator seeks information in Homer missing woman case

Homer resident Anesha “Duffy” Murnane. (Photo via Homer Police Department)

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — An investigator and family members have appealed to Homer residents for help in finding a woman who has been missing for nearly six months.

The Homer Police Department is trying to find Anesha “Duffy” Murnane, who was last seen Oct. 17, The Homer News reported.

The 38-year-old disappeared after leaving her Homer apartment on foot for a health clinic appointment about 1 mile away.

She did not arrive and the last confirmed sighting of her was from a security camera photo showing her departing the housing complex around 12:15 p.m.

The Homer police hired investigator Matt Haney for assistance with the case. The former lieutenant with the department has experience investigating missing person cases in other states.

Haney appealed to anyone to come forward who may have seen Murnane in the days before she went missing.

“I want to nail down what she was doing the week in her life before her disappearance,” Haney said. “That’s my major focus right now.”

Haney hopes to speak with people who attended an Oct. 16 event at the Pratt Museum where Murnane is known to have been while her stepfather, Ed Berg, gave a presentation about Grewingk Glacier.

Berg also received an award Oct. 12 at an annual Kachemak Heritage Land Trust fundraiser. Haney wants to find out whether Murnane attended the event and speak to attendees who may have seen her.

Berg also issued an appeal for information. The event at the Pratt Museum was the last time Murnane would have had any social contact outside her apartment complex, he said in an email.

“Who did she chat with at that meeting? Did she look OK? What did she say,” Berg wrote. “Even if you didn’t see or speak with Duffy, we would like to know if you were present. This is admittedly a long shot, but after five months, long shots are all we have left.”