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Search for remains of missing woman called off

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Acting on a tip, Austin Police dug are calling off the search for the remains of a woman who has been missing since 2006.

A new tip led them to a field in North Austin today where nothing turned up.

Police were at this field for nearly six hours digging for the remains of 18-year-old Roxanne Paltauf.

A tip they received six-months ago led them to believe they would find some type of evidence here.

It was a ray of hope in an 8-year-old missing person's case. Unfortunately after searching a 10-acre track for the remains of Paltauf, police came up empty-handed. Paltauf was last seen at the Budget Inn off I-35.

"Roxanne Paltauf if you remember was reported missing just after July 7th, her mom actually reported her missing on July 8th of 2006. And that's the case that brings us here today," Commander Mark Spangler with the Austin Police Department's Missing Persons and Cold Case Unit said.

At the time, her boyfriend told police that they had gotten into an argument. She reportedly stormed out of their hotel room, leaving her clothes, cell phone and purse behind. That was the last time, he claims, anyone saw her.

In an interview with Paltauf's mother, Elizabeth Harris, two years ago, she says the family hasn't given up hope.

"Every year we try to push it more and more so that we never forget Roxanne and one day somebody will come forward and let us know what happened to her," Elizabeth Harris said.

Over the years, police have received almost 1,000 leads on this case. The most recent tip was very specific, leading them to a field on the 300 block of east Rundberg Lane.

"On two separate occasions that cadaver dog has hit in this area so we think that there's potentially something here," Spangler said.

But police say that doesn't always mean remains have been located. It could be a false-positive, which appears to be the case Thursday.

"We always keep the families informed as to what we're doing, that's an extremely important piece...not only for the family but for being able to hopefully bring them comfort and when we do close those cases, we want to make sure they are kept up to speed," Spangler said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the cold case/missing-persons unit at 512-974-5250

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