Authorities Hope 3 Skaters May Help In Search For St. George Woman

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ST. GEORGE, Kan. (WIBW) -- Three teen skaters may hold the key to finding a missing St. George woman. Jane Peterson was reported missing on Sunday morning.

A 1999 Toyota Tacoma believed to be last driven by Peterson was found near Tuttle Cove the next day. Someone who lived in the area saw the pickup at the cove that day as well as three teenagers who were skateboarding at the time.

The Riley Co. Police Dept. and Pottawatomie Co. Sheriff's Office are hoping the kids to contact them about her disappearance. They say the teens may have information about the disappearance -- even if they don't know it.

Peterson works as a Senior Administrative Assistant in the Physics Dept. at Kansas State University

In a news conference, Tuesday, the Riley Co. Police Dept. talked about all the departments who have joined in the hunt for Peterson.

"In the ballpark of approx. 200 personnel are now involved in this search, to include search dogs & air support from Fort Riley," the department said in a tweet shortly after the conference. Dozens of soldiers from Fort Riley and law enforcement officers conducted an unsuccessful search Tuesday.

13 news has learned there will be a volunteer search effort at 10:15 a.m. Saturday morning for Peterson.

Volunteers will meet at the Tuttle Cove parking lot by the boat dock. If you would like to help with donations such as water and granola bars for search volunteers, bring them to Brooks Yamaha in Manhattan.

Anyone with information is asked to call Pottawatomie Co. Sheriff Greg Riats at 785-457-3353 or their local law enforcement agency.