Volunteer's Search For Missing St. George Woman

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - A volunteer search for a missing St. George woman kicked off Saturday morning near Tuttle Creek.

Hundreds of volunteers from across the state of Kansas gathered to join the search for Jane Peterson who was reported missing Sunday by her family. Since then multiple attempts have been made to locate Peterson, including an expansive effort involving the help of area law enforcement and Fort Riley soldiers.

"Well our hopes are to help support the family," said Riley County Emergency Management Director Pat Collins. "You know, they’re a long-time area family; they live over in Pottawatomie County. ,We’ve got some Pottawatomie County people here, we’ve got Riley County people here. It’s just about supporting that family, trying to get some closure for them."

The search for Peterson began this morning at 10:15. The family was granted permission from local land owners to search their property as well as the previously searched areas to ensure broader coverage.

"It’s a horrible feeling not knowing for sure what happened," said Randy Peterson. "Obviously she was having some trouble and we would like to find her. We appreciate everybody showing their support for the family to come out today and brave the colder weather and do what they can to help find her."

The search was organized by Peterson’s family with the support of local Emergency Response teams.