MO MO - Peggy Lynn Alt, 17, High Ridge, 2 March 1985

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  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Former Member

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    Peggy Lynn Alt

    Endangered Missing from High Ridge, Missouri since March 2, 1985

    Age: 17 -- Height: 5'0" -- Weight: 125 pounds -- Hair Color: Brown -- Eye Color: Brown

    Peggy has a burn scar on her left bicep.


    Peggy was last seen in High Ridge, Missouri on March 2, 1985, two days before her 18th birthday. She packed her belongings, left her family's home, and never returned. It's unclear whether she left alone or with someone else. She has never been heard from again. Foul play is suspected.


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  3. grapes21

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    Sad! I went to school with this girl and her siblings and I just found that she went "missing" in 1985. This is the first time many of our classmates, myself included, were made aware of the situation.
     
  4. Betty P

    Betty P Well-Known Member

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    I grew up a few suburbs away from High Ridge, myself, but wasn't living in MO when she went missing. Seems like Jefferson Co. Sheriff may have treated this as a runaway situation at the time and gave up.

    Here's a link to their missing poster for Peggy

    http://www.jcsd.org/Missing%20Persons/ALT%20%20Web%20Site%20Missing%20Person%20Form.pdf

    Did you go to Northwest HS?

    If you knew Peggy, did she have a boyfriend or anyone else she knew who disappeared at the same time? Did she have a car of her own? Hopefully she was a runaway and is somewhere else living a new life. Perhaps she can be reunited with her family.
     
  5. grapes21

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    Yes I went to Northwest. I don't know about the boyfriend situation..no one from our school is missing, at least not that I know of. What is weird that I never remember hearing anything at school or her siblings talking about her going missing, infact I just learned about it after I read a post on FB from a friend that they thought her case is being reopened. I don't remember anything in the papers about it (not that it wasn't)..just so strange. I was shocked that so many others were not aware of it either. What I know of her family life, I can see how she would want to leave on her own, but I really can't see her just cutting off communication with her sisters. MOO!
     
  6. Betty P

    Betty P Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the information. It's good the county is re-opening the case. Was her family situation a bad one? Does any of her family still live in the area? I hate to think this girl met with foul play. It's possible if she hasn't contacted anyone since then.
     
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    hi all. i lived a few houses down from the Alt's. we went to school and church together. i now live 2 houses from their old house i came home from work monday 9-26 and the jefferson county crime scene department. was in their old back yard digging. the story is still not in the paper or anything. i cannot confirm what the police was doing digging in the yard but the percentages say what the police was doing back there.
     
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    blinton New Member

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    today the detectives was in the neighborhood. they are bringing the dogs to check the woods in 3 directions from the house
     
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    Keep us posted Blinton!
     
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    Thanks Blinton, I am glad something is happening. I can't believe the papers have made no mention of it. I will never understand how someone can go missing and no one seems to care. Do you know if both of her parents are still living? I hope the entire family is reinterviewed. I hope she is found.
     
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    the dogs will be here thursday oct 13. my neighbor who's property they are checking (wooded lot). he ask the detectives why they didnt pursue this before now. they claimed to have gotten a call after peggy went missing that she came home. naturally they wouldnt say why they kick started the case. i think i may call the local papers and let them get involved. i will give an update by the weekend. have a good week
     
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    We live in the neighborhood as well - right off the main road. A friend lives up further and his backyard will be searched as well. My husband has lived in our home (family home) for over 40 years and Peggy would have been his age now. He remembers this well because the Alt kids rode the bus with him and there were always horrible rumors about them. The family baby was taken away by CPS because of scalding to the babys face from hot water. Always horrible stories - stories of incest, abuse, but quite possibly mean spirited kids making fun of those who were less fortunate. He also remembers that everyone thought Peggy had gone to live with an Aunt or Grandmother in another state - NEVER that she had gone missing.

    The undercover detectives that went around getting signed permission from home owners to search the property (woods) informed us of the 26 year old cold case they were investigating. They wouldn't say who - but it wasn't hard to figure out. CSI has been up at both the neighbors home as well as the old family home. My understanding is that there were a lot of relatives that lived in surrounding homes there as well - years ago.

    Twenty six years ago you could literally beat your child in the streets and no one reprimanded you. The media was not so quick to jump on these types of stories - just like stories of rape, incest, missing people. Our forensic teams weren't as sophisticated as they are now to perform any search for missing people. I only hope that my gut is not correct and the family was NOT involved in some way.

    The only thing that I can think of too is that someone leaked information. If it was in fact foul play - these things sometimes get told on someones death bed - or from prison. It is so very sad. I only hope that they find whatever it is they are looking for tomorrow and bring this to rest. Bring poor little Peggy to rest...and hopefully the family was not involved in this - and bring closure to them.

    Prayers are with all those involved.
     
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    Thanks AMusket! Those are the same stories that did infact circulate. I didn't say it earlier because there was no proof just stories but there were signs of physical abuse. I felt so sorry for those girls! The one thing that really bothers me is that it doesn't seem like none of the family is still trying to find her. So I wonder if those kids know exactly what happened all those years ago and were terrified of telling someone? If my sister or cousin went missing I would be telling everyone and doing everything in my power to get the word out, and yet alot of kids from our school never knew she was missing. I hope they find some answers or Peggy herself, as I don't think she had the means to leave on her own..MOO.
     
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    Does anyone know what happened to all of the Alt kids? I have tried searching for them and have found nothing. I am sure the girls have all married and I don't remember many of the boy's names..as I was in school with most of the girls.
     
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    the alt kids are still around. hi musket lintons dave's brother at the top of the hill. robert was the boy who got burned. they said peggy ran off with her boyfriend to kansas city was the rumor back when. yes their was family all around the house next door to me and behind me. but remember when she came up missing was in the times of the corruption of our sherriff so alot of crimes got over shadowed by that. i hope they find her.
     
  16. UdbCrzy2

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    My Aunt lives in the House Springs/High Ridge area. We used to ride our horses on HWY 30 while they were doing highway construction. It's a small world.

    I think Leah Thorson reporter from the Post-Dispatch covers Jefferson County.
     
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    Hi. Which sheriff? I can't remember who the sheriff was at that time.
     
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    buck berger
     
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    That's right! I had forgot about the Buck Berger stuff. Was her 'boyfriend" from High Ridge too, and is he missing? I didn't know her personally so I didn't know who the boyfriend was that she supposedly ran off with. If you though or knew your almost (with in 2 days) 18 year daughter ran off with her boyfriend why would you report her missing? Maybe I see if differently than some, and I am open to hear others opinions on this, but I think if my almost 18 year old daughter ran off with a boyfriend I would not waste the police's time reporting her missing if I knew where she was, unless she was in danger or forced to go against her will or something. I pray they find her soon!
     
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    What happened with the detectives investigating for Alt?


    I saw this about Buerger, I really don't remember him, just hearing his name, but it appears that he did have some trouble.

    Walter 'Buck' Buerger dies at 83 Served for 28 years as sheriff of Jefferson County
    http://www.stltoday.com/news/article_5190d163-96e8-5769-8b0b-0ac68cf005c6.html

    They had trouble here
    http://openjurist.org/82/f3d/248/gardner-v-buerger-c

    And here:
    http://books.google.com/books?id=5m...esnum=1&ved=0CB0Q6AEwADgK#v=onepage&q&f=false
     
  21. kpdx

    kpdx Jane Doe was discovered Aug. 14, 1977 outside of E

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    wondering if there are any updates from the locals. Also, from Peggy's pictures looks like one of her top front teeth was discolored...does anyone remember what it looked like in person?

    thanks!
     

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