Details of Disappearance Pakacki disappeared after leaving a party at a residence where she was staying on Fern Lane in Marion, Virginia on May 19, 2017. She said she was going to text a friend for a ride, and witnesses later saw her getting into a pickup truck at the end of the driveway.
She last saw her mother, Lori Hayes, on May 14, when Pakacki threw a Mother's Day cookout at the Fern Lane residence. Hayes and Pakacki had plans to spend the coming weekend together, but on May 19, when Hayes tried to reach her to find out when she wanted to be picked up, she got no response.
Several days later, Hayes got a text from her daughter's phone number saying she was "in Bristol hanging with my homies" okay but didn't want to be found. Hayes doesn't think the message was actually written by Pakacki, however. She said the message used wording Pakacki would not have used, and it also said "I love you mama" when Pakacki always spelled the word "momma." Shortly after Hayes received the message, Pakacki's phone was disconnected.
After the media wrote about her disappearance, a man contacted the police and said he's spoken to Pakacki on the social media app Snapchat in early June 2017. The photo accompanying the chat shows Pakacki looking as if she had just woken up. The caption said she had just gotten out of bed and that "I had to get out of the country. I’m in the big city now." A short time after the police got the tip from the man, Hayes told police she had had contact with Pakacki and that she was okay. It turned out, however, that she had actually spoken to someone else pretending to be Pakacki.
There were other reports from people who had known Pakacki and claimed to have spoken to her on a texting app, and tips of reported sightings in various places, including North Carolina, but none of the reports could be verified. She had a history of taking up for a few days or a week at a time when she was a teenager, but she was never gone for very long.
Since Pakacki's disappearance, her Social Security number has been inactive. There's been no activity on any of her social media accounts since the first week of June 2017. Because of the lack of evidence and the passage of time since she went missing, police believe she may be in danger. Her case remains unsolved.
- Marion Police Department
Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated May 26, 2020; casefile added.