On January 20, 2014 at approximately 2:00 PM, the Riley County Police Department was made aware of a vehicle that was located in the Tuttle Cove Park north of Manhattan. This vehicle was registered and used by a female who was reported missing by the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office and this new information initiated a foot search of the area. Between the hours of 2:00 PM and dark on January 20, 2014, several emergency services personnel searched the area, however, they were unsuccessful in locating the missing woman attached to the vehicle, Jane Peterson, 56, of St. George.
With more resources on January 21, 2014 the Riley County Police Department conducted a more thorough joint search of the area with the assistance of Riley County Emergency Management, Fort Riley Emergency Management, the 97th MP Battalion of Fort Riley, the 1st ID Combat aviation Brigade from Fort Riley, Riley County Fire, US Army Core of Engineers, the Kansas Search and Rescue Dog Association, Kansas Highway Patrol, Manhattan Fire Department, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, and the Riley County CERT.
This search included approximately 200 personnel (activity searching or providing operational support) and covered over 500 acres of rough terrain in below freezing temperatures. Additional areas in and surrounding Tuttle Cove were also searched by several helicopters from Fort Riley and the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Unfortunately both searches did not result in locating Jane Peterson.
The Riley County Police Department would encourage any member of the public with information to contact the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office or RCPD, as Jane Peterson is still considered missing.
The Riley County Police Department would also like to thank the individuals involved in this large scale search, as it would not have been possible otherwise.