The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department announced Thursday, Feb. 17, that they have submitted the Karen Mero case to the District Attorney’s office for review of criminal charges stemming from her disappearance in 1997 in the McCloud area.

In conjunction with the Mero case, Sherriff Jon Lopey announced that his investigation division is actively investigating the Hannah Zaccaglini case that focuses on the disappearance of the 15 year old girl who also disappeared from the McCloud area in that same time period.

Sheriff Lopey stated that the Department will be bringing in federal and state assistance that will include forensic specialists and technology that was not available at the time of the girl’s disappearance.

Lopey has made it a priority to solve these cases as well as the other “cold cases” that are in the Sheriff Department, according to a press release from his office.

He said he is also placing additional resources into the investigations to help the assigned detectives including the Secret Witness program and “using innovative techniques to help assist in the investigations of these cases.”

“We are going to relentlessly pursue the person or persons responsible for the disappearance of these young women,” Sheriff Lopey is quoted as saying in the release. “Often times, young women and children are the most vulnerable in our society and too often fall victim to criminals. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office will never forget these victims or their families. We will not stop investigating these cases until they are solved. Our department personnel are actively working with other law enforcement agencies and the district attorney, Kirk Andrus, to vigorously pursue every investigative lead and legal tool at our disposal to ensure justice is realized for these crime victims and their families who have waited far too long for closure and a just outcome.”  

Both the Zaccaglini and Mero case are believed to be suspicious in nature and the girls are believed to have been the victims of possible criminal actions, the Sheriff’s Department states in the release.
Anyone with any information on the listed cases is strongly urged to contact Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department Detective Jeff Moser at 841-2900.