Mark Gooch: Where is the murderer of Sasha Krause?
In January 2020, Sasha Krause, who lived in a Mennonite community in Farmington, New Mexico, disappeared while out doing errands. It took weeks before her body was found hundreds of miles away, which made the investigation hard for the police. People Magazine Investigates: The Grudge, a show on Investigation Discovery, looks at what happened to Sasha and how she ended up outside of Flagstaff, Arizona. So, how about we find out more about the case?
How Did Sasha Krause Die?
Sasha Krause was born in Texas and was one of six children. People said that she was spiritual and close to her family. The 27-year-old enjoyed reading and writing a lot. In 2018, she moved to Farmington to live with a group of Mennonites. Sasha worked in a bookstore and taught Sunday school there. She had lived on the compound for about 18 months before something bad happened. On January 18, 2020, around 7 p.m., Sasha stopped by the church to get some books for a Sunday school class the next day.
Sasha never went back to her room, though. According to the show, Sasha’s roommate noticed that she wasn’t there and told the church elders. The church elders then called the police. On February 21, 2020, a camper looking for firewood outside of Flagstaff found her dead body. The body parts were found in an open area of the forest. Sasha’s hands were tied together with duct tape. An autopsy showed that a.22-caliber gun was used to shoot her in the head and that she died from blunt force trauma.
Who took Sasha Krause’s life?
The police noticed that Sasha’s car was still at the church and that her purse was in her room. She had only brought her cell phone with her. According to the show, the autopsy didn’t show any signs of sexual abuse, and there was no evidence of a foreign body. Since they didn’t have much else to go on, the police looked at Sasha’s phone records to figure out where she might have gone after leaving the church.
On the show, it was said that Sasha’s phone was near the church before it went off around 8:58 pm at a place 60 miles away. Then, it was known that her phone was near where her body was found. So, the police decided to find any other cellphones that were in all those places around the same time. This led them to Mark Gooch, who was a mechanic at Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, Arizona, at the time.
Mark grew up in a Mennonite community, but it was in Wisconsin instead of Pennsylvania. But he left to join the military because he didn’t believe in the religion. Mark had a complicated past. When he was younger in Wisconsin, he was thought to have broken into homes. Also, the show says that he used to steal things and damage property. Mark left the base on January 18, 2020, and drove about 400 miles to New Mexico, according to information from his cell phone. His phone was also found near where Sasha’s body was found. Mark was there at 1 a.m. on January 19, 2020, and he went back there a few days later.
Mark said he went to New Mexico, but when asked why, he said he wanted to see the Mennonite church. But messages he sent to his brothers showed that he didn’t like the religion. Samuel said that one of the brothers, Mark, was angry with the Mennonite community. Mark had been keeping an eye on the New Mexico neighborhood in the days before Sasha went missing.
What is Mark Gooch doing now?
In the end, the prosecution thought that Mark Gooch killed Sasha Krause because he thought Mennonites were stupid. According to the show, when his car was searched, binoculars and gloves were found. Later, one of Mark’s friends called the police and said that Mark was holding a gun for the airman. It was a.22-caliber rifle, as it turned out.
Mark was found guilty of murder in the first degree, kidnapping, and theft in October 2021. A few months later, Mark, who was 22 at the time, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder and five years in prison for the kidnapping. Mark is still locked up at the Arizona State Prison Complex Eyman – Browning Unit in Florence, Arizona, according to prison records.