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‘Totally disappeared’

Two months since Craig woman was last seen

Joshua Roberts

At a glance

• Missing Craig woman last seen June 7.

• Police say she has "dropped off the face of the Earth."

• Investigators awaiting test results from trace evidence.

• Probe into her whereabouts continues.

At a glance

• Missing Craig woman last seen June 7.

• Police say she has “dropped off the face of the Earth.”

• Investigators awaiting test results from trace evidence.

• Probe into her whereabouts continues.

— Gone from the “face of the Earth.”

That was the phrase Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta used Wednesday to describe the mysterious disappearance of a local woman, who has now been missing for more than two months.

Cynthia Hankins, 36, also known as Cynthia Runnels, was last seen June 7 in Craig.

“Our indications are that she was probably the victim of a crime, but we don’t have anything that says where it occurred or what happened,” Vanatta said.

“It would appear she has dropped off the face of the Earth. She has totally disappeared.”

Since June 7, there has been no activity on Hankins’ cellular telephone or bank account, and she has not made contact with friends or family, the police chief said.

An investigation into Hankins’ disappearance is ongoing. Thus far, the probe has revealed few clues.

Last month, investigators declared Hankins’ husband, Terry Hankins, a “person of interest.” Officers executed three search warrants – at the Hankins’ Craig home and at Terry Hankins’ mining claims.

Vanatta said police continue to explore all angles in the investigation, including other suspects and scenarios, ranging from homicide to kidnapping.

“We just frankly don’t know at this point,” he said. “We are exploring any and every bit of information.”

Investigators are currently awaiting the return of test results from trace evidence – material found in small but measurable amounts – taken from the Hankins’ home and a vehicle. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is analyzing the materials.

Anyone with information into the missing woman is to call the Police Department at 824-8111 and ask for detectives Jen Kenney or Ken Johnson.


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