CEDAR BLUFFS – A community continues to grieve Monday this week, after a weekend search found the body of a rural Cedar Bluffs woman missing since last Friday night.
Tammy Sukstorf, 52, was last seen July 5. Her vehicle, with personal contents inside, was found a short distance from her home. Several searches from ground and by air were conducted, but her body was located by search dogs Sunday evening in a nearby creek.
Saunders County Sheriff Kevin Stukenholtz reported late Monday afternoon that an autopsy had been completed and there was no indication that foul play had a part in her death.
He also said the K-9 search team was invaluable for locating her body about 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
“The dogs were very effective,” Stukenholtz said.
He said several searches for Sukstorf had already been conducted prior to the tracking dog locating her. A Nebraska State Patrol helicopter and a drone had been used for a search by air, while the Cedar Bluffs Fire and Rescue Department did a ground search.
The sheriff said a large group of volunteers took part in Sunday’s search too.
“It’s definitely difficult knowing which direction you go,” he said about the challenges with any search.
He added the location of Sukstorf’s body in the creek made it difficult for this search.
Stukenholtz said Sukstorf was last seen at her home at about 10:30 p.m. Friday. The search area over the weekend was in the vicinity of
county roads 19 and S southwest of Cedar Bluffs.
Sukstorf was a second grade teacher at Cedar Bluffs Public Schools. According to a statement released on the school’s Facebook page, crisis counselors were being made available Monday afternoon to anyone seeking a comforting place.
“Tammy has taught at Cedar Bluffs Elementary School since 1994, touching so many lives in the process. We understand that many of you are grieving and we as a school would like to help with that process,” the statement read in part.
Funeral services for Sukstorf will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 12 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Cedar Bluffs. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, also at the church, and one hour prior to the service Friday.