by Eric Burbeg, III
The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office has asked for help in finding the whereabouts of a local real estate agent Anna Pierce, who has been missing for two weeks. Pierce is five- foot-seven, roughly 155 pounds, with light brown hair and brown eyes.
“We are asking the public’s assistance in finding a person who is believed to be missing and potentially in danger,” said Marquette County Sheriff Richard Enaboks. “We’re asking any of you that might have information to contact us right away.”
Pierce was last seen leaving her office on Friday, October 27, 2018. Coworkers said she had received a call about a potential listing on North Gossard Road. She was driving a 2017 Range Rover with a custom Taffy Apple Red color.
“She was never anyone who passed up an opportunity for a sale. It was in her blood,” said fellow realtor Nancy Andrews. “But there aren’t a lot of sellable properties left on that road after …” she said with her voice trail- ing off.
Many of the houses on Gossard Road are left over from the Dynasty- Gossard gold mine, which operated from 1925-1958. Most of the houses have been abandoned and for sale, after multiple suspicious deaths were reported in the late 1980s. While only one has been called a murder and three were ruled accidental, seven additional suicides in a three-year stretch from 1986-1989 raised suspicions. Eventually, then Sheriff Dave Langley resigned in 1991 over public outcry of an alleged coverup of department incompetence.
Andrews said she was referencing the property at N4825 North Gossard Road, known by locals as the “House of Terror”.
At the end of the road, the location has a deserved reputation for some of the most heinous criminal history in the area. The former residence of Dy- nasty-Gossard Mine President John Abydos, Abydos poisoned the punch at a company party in 1957, killing 84 people, and sending over 100 more to the hospital. Most of the fatalities were women and children family members of the miners. Abydos said he did it to prevent a strike, as he said workers were protesting unsafe working conditions. He was executed in 1983.
After sitting vacant, the Maloch family moved into the property in 1985. Originally from downstate, the family of four was discovered dead in February of 1990. Autopsies unfortunately showed a horrific or violent death over a seven-month period where the bodies were left to rot as the family died in different ways around them. Father Anthony Maloch is believed to have killed his wife and son before dying of alcohol poisoning. His daughter was found locked in her bedroom and starved to death, with authorities believing she was the last victim of the “House of Terror”.
If you have any information re- garding Pierce or her last known whereabouts, please contact the County Sheriff’s Office.