http://www.mcrecord.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=2&ArticleID=53975 Family asking for any information on the whereabouts of Peter Achermann
Tina Snell, Staff Writer
8/20/2009 9:54:00 AM
Peter Achermann, 82, of rural Motley was reported missing by his wife July 24. He has not been seen since that day, over four weeks ago.
Delaine, Achermann's wife of 56 years, said he left the house and went to Motley to run errands that day. He stopped at his daughter Desiree Greenwaldt's home to drop off baby's breath for the upcoming wedding of his granddaughter Simone Greenwaldt. He then stopped at Brick's Travel Center, also in Motley, where he bumped into his son Mike, who was in town for his niece's wedding. The two had coffee and visited.
From there, Achermann went to Lakewood Health System in Staples to pick up a prescription of Vicodin for Delaine. While there, he visited with employees.
After leaving Lakewood, he drove to Ernies Foods in Staples where he picked up a few items, again visiting with employees.
After that, Achermann disappeared.
"Everyone we and the police have spoken to said he was of good mind and spirits," said Greenwaldt. "He was excited about my daughter's wedding. He wouldn't have just disappeared by himself."
Saturday, July 25, his car was reported found on 85th Street, a minimum maintenance road north of Warner Road in Cass County. Delaine said others have said they saw the car there on July 24.
"He was expected home about 2 p.m. Friday," said Delaine. "When he didn't arrive at 3 p.m., I called friends to see if he stopped there. When he wasn't home for supper, I called the authorities, and they came immediately."
A four-mile radius from the car was searched extensively by as many as 150 people each day, during the first days Achermann was reported missing.
"Everyone from the community came out to help Saturday night after the wedding," said Greenwaldt. "Since then, people have searched by ATV, horse and walked shoulder-to-shoulder through the brush. Twenty-six dogs were brought in, helicopters came, as did private planes. The National Guard was here for two days searching. Nothing has been found."
There has been no indication of foul play, and no items that Achermann usually carried with him have been found. The Vicodin was laying on the front seat of the car and there has been no activity on his credit cards or his checking account.
"But, since we have found nothing, we do worry about foul play," said Greenwaldt.
"Peter had no enemies," said Delaine. "Everyone liked him. He was a senior companion, driving the elderly to appointments and helping them with grocery shopping. Not in our wildest dreams would we think anyone would hurt him."
But, on the other hand, Achermann was so willing to help others, he would have stopped to help a stranded motorist or a hitchhiker. His wife said he would have even driven them to their destination.
"We have heard the Cass County Sheriff's Department has leads and are following through," said Greenwaldt. "But, they tell us they have no clue yet what happened."
Achermann walked with a cane and was wearing a red, white and blue, floppy, beret-styled hat. His glasses were on a leather strap and he always wore a crucifix around his neck. None of these articles have been located.If anyone has any information about the disappearance of Peter Achermann, the family and the authorities are asking them to call the Cass County Sheriff's Department at 1 (800) 450-2677.