Former Fairfield resident missing since Friday
A long-time Fairfield resident is still missing after local law enforcement has searched for her for several days.
Teresa Bruegge, 44, of Mount Pleasant, formerly of Fairfield, was reported missing Friday by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.
The Henry County Conservation Department discovered Bruegge’s silver 1992 Dodge Grand Caravan at 9:51 a.m. Friday. The car was found at the end of a boat ramp at Faulkners Access on the Skunk River near Oakland Mills County Park.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Henry County Conservation, Iowa State Patrol and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) scoured Faulkner’s Access area but were unable to find Bruegge.
Bruegge is described as a white female, 5 feet 6 inches tall, approximately 300 pounds, with a shaved head. She was last seen wearing blue shorts, a gray t-shirt, blue jacket and a tan cap.
Henry County Sheriff Rich McNamee said the search party has searched for Bruegge with airplanes, boats and on foot. He said the DNR had planned to continue searching the Skunk River but that has become difficult the past few days because of the freezing temperatures.
“The river was thawing the day we found the car,” he said. “Now it’s freezing back over. There’s an ice jam up river, and you don’t want a boat to go through an ice jam.”
McNamee said nothing seemed suspicious about Bruegge’s car when it was discovered Friday, but law enforcement was still cautious about jumping to conclusions.
“When we have an unknown, where we don’t know if it’s a critical crime or a missing person, we treat it as the most serious crime applicable,” he said.
Samantha Starr, Bruegge’s niece, said all of Bruegge’s family lives in Fairfield and that Bruegge has spent 90 percent of her life here. Starr said Bruegge was last seen Thursday.
“We’re just at a loss,” Starr said. “We just want answers.”
Law enforcement officers request anyone with information about Bruegge to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 319-385-2712.
Fairfield Police Chief Julie Harvey said her department also will forward any information about Bruegge to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. The number of the Jefferson County Law Center is 472-3576.
The photo that accompanies this story is believed to be one or two years old.