Body of missing Saunders County teacher found

SAUNDERS COUNTY, Neb. (WOWT) -- After a second day of sweeping air and ground searches, authorities found the body of missing Saunders County elementary school teacher Tammy Sukstorf Sunday evening.

Sukstorf, 52, of rural Cedar Bluffs was last seen on July 5th at approximately 10:30 p.m.

Her vehicle was found near County Roads 19 and S a few miles from her home and her personal belongings, including her cell phone, were inside. The car was towed to the Sheriff's Office.

Authorities searched the area Saturday to no avail then resumed the search on Sunday. The Nebraska State Patrol had its helicopter up and drones were used to survey the area. Eventually, dogs were able to locate her body.

The Sheriff's Department tells 6 News there had been an "extensive" ground search and the Civil Air Patrol assisted Sunday morning but eventually pulled out because of what the CAP's Steve Kuddis called a "lack of evidence of where else to search."

Before her body was found, volunteers appeared by the carload, combing through corn, hoping to find any sign of Tammy.

Friends and family held one another as people rode ATVs and walked through fields.

A friend of the missing woman told 6 News that Tammy would never just go missing like this. She loved the kids she taught and her family too much.

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information on the situation to contact them at 402 443-1000 or call Crime Stoppers at 402 443-8181 to stay anonymous.

The cause of death will require an autopsy.