Missing Since: March 29, 1996 from Glendale, California
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: July 29, 1981
Age: 14 years old
Height and Weight: 5'4, 110 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Peters may dye her hair dark brown. She wore orthodontic braces at the time of her 1996 disappearance, which were possibly removed afterwards.
Details of Disappearance
Peters was last seen in Glendale, California on March 29, 1996. She has never been heard from again. She took no clothing with her when she disappeared, but nevertheless, for many years both law enforcement and her mother believed she had run away from home and possibly remained in the local area after her disappearance.
Investigators now believe Peters was raped and murdered on the day of her disappearance and her body dumped off Dana Point. Michael Forrest Thornton and and Janeen Marie Snyder are the prime suspects in her presumed death. Thornton was Peters's mother's employer.
In March 2006, the couple was convicted of killing a sixteen-year-old girl who disappeared from Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001. Her body was found several weeks later in Rubidoux, California. During the trial's penalty phase, a psychiatric expert who interviewed Snyder testified she had confessed Peters's murder to her. Snyder allegedly told the witness she and Thornton had drowned Peters in a bathtub before dismembering her remains and dumping them in the Pacific Ocean. Thornton and Snyder were sentenced to death for the Nevada murder, but have not been charged in connection with Peters's case.
Peters was raised by her aunts in the South Bay area of California and attended Hermosa Valley School. She moved in with her mother at age twelve. Her relatives describe her as a kind and religious teenager. Her remains have not been found and no charges have been filed in her presumed death.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Glendale Police Department