Family fears for missing Homer woman, Search efforts expand statewide

38-year-old Anesha Murnane was last seen on Oct. 17 near her residence in Homer. Photo: Tela...
38-year-old Anesha Murnane was last seen on Oct. 17 near her residence in Homer. Photo: Tela O'donnell (KTUU)
Published: Oct. 24, 2019 at 7:35 PM AKDT
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It’s been one week since 38-year old Anesha Murnane, known by her family as “Duffy” was reported missing in Homer. Surveillance footage, captured on October 17, has provided police with her last known whereabouts. Murnane was leaving home just afternoon. The footage shows her wearing a blue jacket, light blue shirt, and blue jeans. Family members say it is likely she was going to a 1 p.m. doctor's appointment. She never arrived.

Over the weekend, K-9 searches led police throughout the area where Murnane frequently travels on foot. She does not own a car, and her family says walking is not unusual for her. After the search, officers reported that K-9 activity likely points to Murnane either being picked up or entering a vehicle near the Kenai Peninsula College- less than one mile from her home. Her mother, Sara Berg, says that disappearing is not something she would expect from Anesha, who is referred to by the family as "Duffy."

Murnane is 5'11' tall and weighs around 160lbs. She has blue eyes and brown hair. Murnane regularly wears glasses. Berg describes her daughter as capable, reliable and careful. During a Thursday afternoon phone call, she told KTUU about Murnane's master's degree in education, her experiences traveling solo through Europe and her shy, sweet temperament.

"She's very conservative. She walks from safe point A to safe point B," Berg said. "She's not an adventurous person, although she's capable."

Murnane was born in Homer and returned home 6 years ago-- after experiencing some medical issues. Her mother says doctors had recently diagnosed Murnane with bipolar disorder, but she was doing well at the time of her disappearance.

"We were just so excited and happy because she (Anesha) was just doing so well," Murnane's mother said.

Local police have expanded their search efforts to cover the entire state. Homer Police Department has begun contacting multiple stops along the US/Canada border. Investigators have also begun looking at Murnan's phone, banking and social media sites for clues as well. Family members say her phone was dead before she went missing, which is not uncommon for Murnane.

Meanwhile, Berg is asking communities throughout Alaska for their help with locating Anesha Murnane safely.

"This is a very small town. I thought she would be totally safe here. A lot of people know her here ... I would never question her walking through Downtown Homer in the middle of the day."

Anyone with info pertaining to the search should contact Homer Police Department at (907) 235-3150 or the Silver Alert hotline at 855-745-8799. Family members say that an award is being offered through Crime Stoppers for any information that leads law enforcement to Murnane.

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