http://www.brainerddispatch.com/stories/091510/new_20100915042.shtmlReward extended in search for missing manPeter Achermann's family is not giving up.
September 15, 2010 By MATT ERICKSON Staff Writer
More than a year after the rural Leader man's disappearance, through countless searches and public pleas, Achermann's family is not ready to put to rest their efforts to find out what happened him.
On Tuesday, Achermann's family and Cass County authorities announced the extension of up to a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the those responsible for Achermann's disappearance, if it is determined to be an act of foul play. The reward, established through fundraisers and contributions to the Achermann family, was set to expire Wednesday.
"It would have been better if someone had cashed in and we'd be all done with this, but at least we're able to extend it and hopefully get some answers," said Achermann's daughter, Desiree Greenwaldt.
Achermann, 82, has been missing since July 24, 2009. He was last seen running errands in Motley and Staples. His station wagon was found on a minimum maintenance road about 10 miles from his home in Becker Township in Cass County the day after he was reported missing, but extensive ground and air searches have failed to turn up any clues into his disappearance.
The searches, exhaustive immediately after Achermann disappeared, have dwindled, Greenwaldt said. Cass County Sheriff Randy Fisher said new searches would be based on new tips, which have slowed in the past months.
"The problem is, without someone telling us, giving us clues about what happened that day, we don't know where else to look," said Greenwaldt, whose family has worked with law enforcement and on their own to search for Achermann. "We feel we've exhausted searching where his car was found, we've been over that area so many times and searched it thoroughly. He's just not there."
Achermann's car has so far been the only clue found concerning his disappearance. Greenwaldt said none of her father's clothing; his glasses; his crucifix; his ever-present hat; or his cane, which he always used to walk, have been found - let alone any indication of his whereabouts.
"If they're out there people need to be keeping an eye open looking for these things," Greenwaldt said.
The case remains an open investigation, Fisher said, and with the reward now extended until Sept. 1, 2011, investigators hope new information or new tips will come to light.
"From an investigative perspective, yes, it's been frustrating but it certainly doesn't compare to his family's grief as far as their difficulty and their struggle of not knowing what happened," Fisher said.
Greenwaldt said this past July 24, the anniversary of Achermann's disappearance, was spent privately with family. She said her family doesn't want to plan a funeral because they don't want to give up.
"All we ask is for people to continue to pray for us," Greenwaldt said. "Us humans won't be able to find him. God is the only one who can do that."
Anyone with information regarding Achermann or his disappearance is asked to call the Cass County Sheriff's Department at (218) 547-1424 or at (800) 450-2677.