Oakland Police Scour Missing Woman's Home

Sources told NBC Bay Area that police are making progress in the missing person's case

Oakland police scoured the home of Sandra Coke for hours Wednesday looking for clues into the disappearance of the long time investigator with the federal public defenders office in Sacramento.

Coke, 50, was last seen at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday in the 600 block of Aileen Street by her family. Initially it was reported that she had gone to meet somebody who had information about her missing dog, but Wednesday her family said that she left to get something at Walgreens.

She hasn't been seen since.

On Wednesday, investigators left her Oakland home with two bags of evidence - items they hope will give them some clues about what lead to Coke's disappearance.

Her sister, who flew to the Bay Area from back east on Tuesday, told NBC Bay Area police also searched the computers and looked at recent emails. 

More than a dozen of Coke's colleagues from the federal defender's office have joined the search. Like Coke, they are trained investigators who are street smart.

"We are very lucky she has so many friends and co-workers skilled in investigation and they are doing what they can to assist police and that's a blessing," her sister Tanya Coke Kendall said.

Coke's best friend said she was happy and joking when she talked to her Sunday evening, adding Coke would never have left her 15-year-old daughter.

"It's not just any old person missing. It's a very sweet kind person who's a single mother who needs to come home to her daughter,"  friend Wendy Springer said.

"Sandra if you are out there - we love you. Everybody is mobilizing to bring you home safely. That's our number one goal. I am not leaving until we find you," her sister said.

Police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson said Coke's Mini Cooper was found at about 7:45 p.m. Monday parked in the 800 block of 32nd Street, about two miles from where she was last seen.

Coke serves as a death penalty appeals investigator for the Office of the Federal Defender in Sacramento.

Investigators are continuing to look for Coke and are asking for the public's help in finding her.

She is described as black, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 150 pounds, with a medium complexion, brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a black-and-white shirt and dark jeans when she disappeared.

Police said Coke is healthy and has no history of going missing. Anyone who may have seen Coke is asked to call the Police Department's missing persons unit at 510-238-3641, Crime Stoppers of Oakland at 510-777-8672, or the tip line at 510-777-2805.

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