A Chariton County woman and her young daughter were found safe by authorities late Monday evening. Rachel Koechner, 28, and Zoee Sandner, 4, had been missing since Thursday.
Chariton County Sheriff Chris Hughes said they were found with Koechner’s ex-husband and Zoee’s father, Devon Sandner. He was a preliminary suspect in the case, but was not charged with the two’s disappearance. He was, however, taken into custody on a separate forgery charge.
Koechner was arrested for allegedly fabricating the abduction. Formal charges are pending. Authorities said Koechner left a text message for her boyfriend indicating she was in trouble.
Both Koechner and Devon Sandner have a history of mental illness, according to a press release issued by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Monday night. Investigators also said Sandner had “made past threats to do physical harm to Koechner.”
Sandner’s mother contact KMZU News Tuesday to say that her son was never diagnosed with a mental illness and asked that the information be removed from our site. The following is the press release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol:
The Chariton County Sheriff has issued an Endangered Person Advisory for a missing person incident that occurred at 118 South St, Rothville, MO at 10:30 AM on 03/14/2013.
Brief circumstances regarding the Endangered Missing Person incident
Rachel Koechner and her juvenile daughter Zoee Sandner were last seen on March 14, 2013 and are believed to be with Devon Sandner, Zoee’s father. Mr. Sandner has made past threats to do physical harm to Rachel Koechner. Both Rachel and Devon have a history of mental illness. At this time, Rachel has been taken off of her medication.
Anyone seeing the missing person, suspect, associate, or vehicle, or anyone having any information related to the endangered missing person should immediately dial 911 to contact the nearest law enforcement agency or call the Chariton County Sheriff at 660-288-3277.