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Auburn pharmacist’s disappearance remains a mystery

Walgreen’s employee, Rocklin resident, reported missing Aug. 9
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - Nothing is leading Rocklin Police to believe an Auburn pharmacist missing since Aug. 9 has been the victim of foul play. But police also have not been able to locate – or come up with any trace – of 35-year-old Viktoriya Ioffe. The single thread of information on the Walgreen’s employee came the day she was reported missing on Aug. 9. That came from a reported transaction at a San Jose-area store that included video surveillance footage backing up her identification, Lt. Lon Milka said Wednesday. But a Rocklin Police visit to the Bay Area city to follow up on the search could find no further evidence of her presence there, Milka said. “She’s being considered a missing person and as of right now, there are no suspicious circumstances,” he said. Since the Aug. 9 transaction, there has been no use of Ioffe’s credit card or ATM. The woman’s mother hasn’t reported any contact and there has been no response to phone calls to her. Ioffe was last seen at the Walgreen’s on New Airport Road as she left for two days off on the afternoon of Aug. 6. Rocklin Police reported the woman – described as 5-feet-five-inches, 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes – talked with family members the next day. Everyone indicated to police that there was nothing unusual in her tone of voice or her statements, Milka said. When she failed to turn up for work and left no message about why she would not be there, a missing person report was filed, he said. It was unusual for Ioffe not to report in when she was unexpectedly absent, Milka said. Also missing since Aug. 6 is Ioffe’s bright-red 2007 Nissan Versa. Milka said an alert has been put out on the car’s license-plate and any peace officer running it would be instantly apprised of the missing person report. Ioffe’s notebook computer was also missing from her Rocklin home, Milka said. “It’s possible she has it with her,” he said. Walgreen’s policy requires any comments from local managers or staff to go through the corporation public information office. The Journal made a request Wednesday but had not received an answer. No information on the missing woman had been posted in or near the store. Walgreen’s customer Sharon Molinaro said she was shocked to hear the pharmacist had not been seen, although she did not know her. “I hope she’s found as quickly as possible,” Molinaro said Wednesday.