Phoenix police following tip in 25-year-old disappearance case

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PHOENIX - The Phoenix Police Department is serving a search warrant at a Tempe home in relation to a 25-year-old missing persons investigation.

Vernette Wester disappeared on November 22, 1985 while out running errands for the holiday. She was never heard from or seen again.

Wester left behind siblings, friends, co-workers and five children, the youngest of which was eight-years-old at the time of the disappearance.

The Tempe home, near West Howe Street and Judd Street, where today's search warrant is being served was the last known location where Wester was seen. Her car was also found a few blocks away and recent developments gave cause for the warrant to be issued.

Phoenix police do believe foul play is suspected in her disappearance.

Wester's five children are cooperating fully with the investigation into their mother's disappearance.

They have been estranged from their father, Wester's husband at the time of her disappearance, who police believe is a person of interest in her disappearance.

Coincidentally, a detective on scene told 3TV the husband of Wester at the time of her disappearance is the grandfather of a young man who at the time of his arrest confessed to a string of killings in the St. Johns, Ariz. area in late 2009.