Truck of missing local woman found in Randolph Co.

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Truck of missing local woman found in Randolph Co.


by DIANA RUGG / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on August 17, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 18 at 9:50 PM

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A missing York County woman’s car has yielded no clues about where she might be, investigators said Saturday.

Susan Diane Peterson’s brother reported her missing Wednesday, August 14, when she didn’t come home from donating blood plasma in Charlotte.  No trace of her was seen until Friday, when Randolph County deputies found her car at the edge of the Uwharrie Forest.

Randolph County sheriff’s deputies got a 911 call about a suspicious car on Pisgah Covered Bridge Road, near Pisgah Church, said Randolph County Sheriff’s Capt. Derrick Hill. The area is just outside of Asheboro.

Capt. Hill said teams from the sheriff’s office, Ash-Rand Rescue Squad, and Randolph Emergency Management searched for nearly eight hours Friday night and more than five hours Saturday morning in the area around the car, but found nothing.

The Highway Patrol helicopter and its heat-seeking FLIR cameras Friday flew over without picking up a trace, said Hill.  Deputies brought out the dogs Saturday.  

“We also ran another K-9 track, but found no evidence of Ms. Peterson being around the truck at this time,” said Hill.  

Deputies did find a plastic bag from Dollar General near the truck, containing the same brand of cigarettes they found in the truck, but can’t say for sure if they’re connected to Peterson’s disappearance.  The bag also contained an old receipt from a Charlotte drug store.

York County sheriff’s spokesman Trent Faris said investigators have a list of plasma donation clinics that Peterson was known to go to, but have been unable to reach any of them to confirm if she visited.

Peterson’s brother Michael did not want to comment on his sister’s disappearance, except to say he was “very worried.”  Michael Peterson said his sister had no known connection to the Randolph County area.

Peterson’s neighbor Joyce Henderson said she sold Peterson her house in 1995, but for the last few years, Peterson has been a recluse.

“She stayed in the house a lot,” said Henderson. “We didn't see her out.”

Henderson said Michael Peterson is disabled and hard-of-hearing, and Susan was very protective of him.  She would be surprised if Susan just left him alone, and her mind races with the possibilities.

“It is bizarre and it is scary, and for it to be this close to home,” said Henderson. "I'm hopeful they will find her alive, but it always goes to the worst."

The York County Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with information about Susan Peterson call them at 803-628-3059, or York County CrimeStoppers at 1-877-409-4321.

Editor's Note: In an  earlier version of this story, it was reported Peterson had been missing since August 7; the York County Sheriff's Office issued a correction on Sunday to clarify misinformation and update media that August 14 is the accurate date.