A brown leather shoe found in the 4000 block of La Panza Road in Creston — initially thought to be related to the disappearance of Paso Robles woman Nancy Woodrum — is not, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.
Authorities said the shoe, described as a brown leather slip-on, loafer-type shoe with a decorative tassel, was found in the area on May 5.
Sheriff's Office detectives asked for information on how the shoe ended up there. By late Monday evening, the owner of the shoe had been in contact with authorities, and the Sheriff's Office thanked the public for its help locating the person. Detectives did not offer any further information about the shoe's potential role in the case.
In an email to the Tribune on Tuesday morning, Sheriff's Office crime prevention specialist Grace Norris said the shoe appears to be unrelated to the case.
"We are still actively investigating all leads," she wrote.
Woodrum, 62, was reported missing on May 5 by family members after they stopped by her house and couldn't find her, the Sheriff's Office said. She was last seen by neighbors in the 5800 block of El Pharo Drive on May 4, officials said.
Two weeks ago, the Sheriff's Office asked for help finding a man who may have witnessed Woodrum's disappearance. He was quickly located and spoke with detectives. The man was not a suspect, officials said.
CrimeStoppers, which was offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to Woodrum, has increased that amount to $2,500, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the finding of the shoe's owner and the shoe's role in the case.