Austin woman still missing seven years later


by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News and Photojournalist JP Harrington

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Posted on July 7, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 8 at 7:58 AM

AUSTIN -- It's been seven years since Roxanne Paltauf disappeared, but her family isn't giving up hope of finding some answers.

Roxanne Paltauf was last seen at the Budget Inn Motel on I-35 and Rundberg Lane in 2006. Her mom, Elizabeth Harris, was joined by family and friends near the hotel on Sunday to give out fliers and bumper stickers, urging people to come forward with information.

"She was 18 years old, just starting her life. She wanted to go to beauty school," Harris said.

Family members say Paltauf was celebrating her two-year anniversary with her boyfriend at the motel when they got into an argument.
He has told family and police that Paltauf walked off, never to be seen again. Roxanne was the oldest of five children. Her siblings, as well as her mom, were all out on Rundberg on Sunday.

"It was her and her boyfriend's two year anniversary so they were spending time together at the hotel. What he says is they got into argument, and she walked out, with the shoes on her feet," said Harris.

She left her purse and cell phone behind.

Her mom says there is still hope someone will come forward with any sort of information.

Roxanne was born and raised in Austin. She would be 25 this year.

"I'm just really pleading with the public. If somebody is out there, please come forward. It's been a long time," said Harris.

Harris has been in touch with the detectives working on the case, which is now considered a cold case homicide instead of a missing person.

"I'm out here to find my daughter. I know somebody has an answer out there, if we are diligent we'll find some answers," said Harris.

Anyone with information is asked to call Austin police at 512-974-5250. 

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