Police identify 2 people of interest in connection to disappearance of Sandra Eckert

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FRANKLIN, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Franklin police confirmed they have two people of interest in the case of Sandra Eckert.

The 70-year-old Franklin woman has been missing since March of 2021. Her husband told CBS 58 that his wife left in the middle of the night after a fight.

Investigators say the case is now being investigated as a homicide and the two persons of interest are people known to Sandra Eckert.

Police confirmed a search warrant at a Waukesha home in connection to a first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse. They say the man whose home they searched was taken into custody on June 7 and later released.

Police say they have not yet referred charges to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office. The persons of interest are not yet being named and documents related to the case are currently sealed pending the ongoing investigation.

For more than a year, Eckert's son and daughter have been searching for answers about what happened to their mother.

CBS 58's Tajma Hall first spoke to Sandra's adult children just after the one year anniversary of their mother's disappearance. We checked back in with her son, Wes Eckert Junior about the new developments in the case.

"We still have to live in this harsh, harsh reality of what happened," he said.

Wes Eckert Jr. says he feel's confident that answers about what happened to his mother are within reach. "I just don't see this turning into a 30-year-old cold case. The cops are working too hard on this, we're working too hard on this, the community is involved," he said.

The family has been working to keep Sandra's story alive.

"The web traffic page on helpfindsandy.com is up like 111%. Keeping the word out there, keep the momentum up until we get justice. My mom deserves better," he said.

Again, police have only announced two persons of interest. No one is in custody at this time.

"We are not releasing any additional information at this time because we still have an active and ongoing investigation," said Sergeant Jeremy Fadness with Franklin Police.

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