Sandra Schinke's Family Speaks, Gets Some Closure

Family members of the Sandra Schinke finally have closure after her remains were found Friday, but it's only the beginning of more questions.

Grief can't even describe the emotion Schinke’s only daughter Jonie McIntee feels.

"She was great. Wonderful. She's strongest woman I know,” McIntee said. “And that's why I'm trying to be strong.”

Now that she knows her mom won't be found alive after her remains were identified and found, McIntee said she has her own questions, like ‘Why would someone want to do this?’

"She never wanted her body to decompose,” McIntee said.

McIntee said the fact that her mother’s remains have been found serve as some closure for her and her family after not knowing for 17 months since Schinke was reported missing in early April of 2012.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Office reported Schinke's body was found Friday with a child's jacket and shoe near a snowmobile trail in Northern Highland State Forest in Plum Lake.

McIntee said the children’s clothing caught her off guard when she got the word about the identification of the remains, but said she thinks there could be a connection, but isn’t sure.

One thing she is sure about is that she remembers they [family, search teams] searched relentlessly for her mom on the trail her body was found in the last year and half. She said she thinks someone put her body back onto the trail.

"My aunt Dawn personally walked that trail,” McIntee said. “She remembers doing it. The Sheriff stated they walked down it with all the dogs 4-5 times.”

McIntee said she spoke to her mother the day before she went missing and Schinke seemed happy.

"My mom was my best friend,” McIntee said. “My mom was my life.”

McIntee said she doesn't have facts to point to who is responsible, but thinks it could have been someone who knew her mother well and trusted.

Even though the presents under the tree from the last 17 months of holidays missed will remain unopened, Schinke’s memory will stay alive with her daughter as they continue to find out who or what did this to Sandra Schinke.

"I would want nothing more than somebody to understand the word conscience,” McIntee said. “See and look at what other people are suffering because of what somebody else did. Because I can guarantee she didn't deserve it.”

McIntee said the next step is finding out a cause of death.

McIntee said she hopes if anyone has any information that could help with the investigation, that they will come forward and notify the Vilas County Sheriff's Office.

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