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Missing Johnstown Woman


The search for a missing Johnstown woman who disappeared one week ago is intensifying. Kellisue Ackernecht was last seen at an Amsterdam Rite Aid on the night of Tuesday, September 30.

Her car was found on fire early the next morning in Johnstown. State police then joined in on the search for Ackernecht Thursday.

NEWS10's Jeff Stoecker reports on the latest efforts to solve this mystery.

On Thursday morning, Johnstown police received an aerial view of their city.

"The state police helicopter came," said neighbor Doris Stewart, "and of course it's all woods around here so they really zeroed in close by,"

"The results were negative. We came up with nothing," Lt. Mark Gifford of the Johnstown police said, referring to the helicopter mission.

Coming up with nothing could also describe where the investigation into Ackernecht's disappearance stands right now.

"We have exhausted every lead that has been given to us, or leads cultivated by our own officers," Lt. Gifford continued.

So far, police say there is no sign of her.

The last time Ackerknecht was seen was at a Rite Aid in Amsterdam, leaving from her job last week on Tuesday evening.

Her car was found on fire just before 2:00am a week ago on Wednesday. What's left at the site today is a blackened piece of asphalt, shards of glass and melted pieces of the car.

According to some neighbors, they heard noises about 90 minutes earlier. Two loud noises that to them sounded like gunshots.

"I heard the gunshot, I jumped out of bed, looked out my window and I looked up and down," Stewart told NEWS10.

Where the car was found is just down the street from Stewart's house.   She says she saw nothing.

Dennis Ackernecht is the uncle of Kellisue Ackernecht's husband, Jayson.  

"It was Tuesday afternoon. [Jayson] stopped by and he was distraught [...] He thinks that somebody kidnapped [Kellisue]. That could very well be," Dennis Ackernecht said.

As for the investigation, Lt. Gifford tells NEWS10, "At this point it's missing persons. We have nothing to lead us in the direction of a homicide, but everything is on the table at this point,"

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