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Missing Man: Eric Michael Peterson - MN - 01/19/2010

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Police look for missing Lakeville man
By Tad Vezner
Updated: 01/22/2010 09:06:20 PM CST

Eric Michael Peterson

Lakeville police are looking for a 24-year-old man who has been missing since Tuesday.

Eric Michael Peterson, who lived with his father in Lakeville, has not been seen since he left home Tuesday. His vehicle was found Thursday in Bloomington in a parking lot at 11199 Lyndale Avenue, near the Minnesota River. All his valuables were in the car.

Peterson is white, 6'3", with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information should contact either the Bloomington Police Department, at 952-563-8893, or the Lakeville Police Department at 952-985-4800.

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Lakeville man still missing after nearly a week

By Joseph Palmersheim • Sun Newspapers

Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 9:45 AM CST

Bloomington and Lakeville Police are still searching for a 24-year-old Lakeville man who went missing Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Eric Michael Peterson was last seen by his father at their Lakeville home. His car was found Jan. 21 by Bloomington Police in the parking of the Aqua Port near the intersection of West 106th Street and Interstate 35W. Further investigation indicated that Peterson left all of his belongings in the car.

Peterson is white, stands approximately 6-feet, 3-inches tall and has brown hair and brown eyes.

Lakeville Police Chief Thomas Vonhof confirmed today that the search for Peterson is ongoing, and that there have been no new developments since last week. Both departments are asking for the public's assistance in the case, he said, and people with information are encouraged to contact either the Bloomington Police Department, at 952-563-8893, or the Lakeville Police Department at 952-985-4800.

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Missing Student Case Focuses On Interviews

POSTED: 12:01 pm CST February 2, 2010

UPDATED: 5:17 pm CST February 2, 2010

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State police said Tuesday that they remain hopeful, but said a search for a missing student gets more difficult with each passing day.

Jon Lacina was last seen on Jan. 22 leaving a friend's apartment. His parent's reported him missing last Saturday.

Iowa State police continue to focus more on the investigation on Tuesday. They're conducting interviews with family and friends as well as following up on several leads.

ISU police said Tuesday they continue to search some remote areas on campus, checking all the rooftops of campus buildings.

Extensive searches over the weekend and on Monday didn't turn up any clues or evidence that could help police in their search. Police are not giving up the search, but will focus on more specific areas that may develop from their leads or they feel need to be rechecked.

Those on campus who know Lacina said he was a quiet student who was excited about his design work.

"I could tell when he was really engaged in work because he's very talented and when he got excited about projects, you could tell," said Professor Debra Satterfield. "One of the things that really struck me about Jon is on one level this is a news story, but this is a human story and he's a really sweet kid."

Other Missing Persons Connections?

Iowa State is working with Ames police and the state Division of Criminal Investigation on a possible connection with two other missing person cases in the Midwest. Both cases involve young men around the same age as Lacina and who went missing around the same time, one is from Minnesota and the other from Wisconsin.

Sylvester McCurry, 18, was reported missing from Duluth, Min., on Jan. 17. Eric Michael Peterson, 24, was last seen in Lakeville, Min., on Jan. 19.

Investigators said it is too early to say whether there may be any connection between the cases, but investigators are looking into them and not ruling out any possibilities.

Police continue to look into cell phone and bank records to see if Lacina may have had other accounts they were not originally aware of. Investigators have also searched his car that was still parked on campus after he was reported missing, but that from what we know has only ruled out that he did not leave in his car.

How To Help

ISU said Tuesday that students can participate in the search to find Lacina in a variety of ways.

More flyers need to be distributed off campus, said officials in a news release issued on Tuesday.

Flyers are available to be picked up in the Dean of Students Office in the Student Services Building on the ISU campus on Tuesday afternoon.

The flyer can be downloaded at

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Eric is still missing. The Lakeville Police Department maintains an open case file, #10-223.

Anyone with information should contact the Lakeville Police Department at 952-985-4800.

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Name: Eric Peterson

Alias: None

Date of Birth: 03/11/1985

Date Missing: 01/19/2010

Age at time of disappearance: 24

City Missing From: Bloomington

State Missing From: Minnesota

Gender: Male

Race: White

Height: 6ft 3in

Weight: 175 lbs

Hair Color: Lt. Brown

Eye Color: Hazel

Identifying Characteristics: He has a tattoo on left shoulder which depicts a playing card hand of all 4 Aces, with the Ace of Spades foremost. Underneath the cards it says, "Ace of Spades" He also has a long scar on his right arm that starts above the elbow and continues down the back side of his forearm. He shattered his elbow and has titanium plates and screws in his ulna.

Clothing: Eric usually wears carpenter blue jeans and a t-shirt.

Jewelry: None

Circumstances of Disappearance: Eric was last seen by his father in the afternoon. He showered at home in Lakeville MN. before going into Bloomington to meet up with friends. His family was contacted by the Bloomington Police at about 1:30am on 1/21/2010. Eric's locked car was found at the MN river with his wallet, car keys, and cell phone on the front seat.

Medical Conditions: None

Investigative Agency: Lakeville Police Department

Agency Phone: (952) 985-4812

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AAN Poster Notify Sent to AAN Subscribers  Code 63

Help us find the missing: Become an AAN Member and receive notifications about missing persons via email.

Click here to become a part of the solution:

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A note to Eric from his family:

"I miss you!!! I miss your smile and laugh, your great sense of humor. I miss seeing you with your Niece and Nephews, the way you are so kind to them. I’m not sure of all of the reasons you maybe decided to take a break from your life here at home, but I want you to know that some of them are resolved. The traffic citations have all been paid, all you need to do is pay to have your license reinstated.  The situation with Molly has been cleared up, it was never an issue. Please come home.  If you are not ready to come home, please call me or Beth, or G’Ma & G’pa just to let us know you are ok. You are so very loved and missed. There is NOTHING that would ever make your family love you less."

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Project Jason announces the featured missing persons in the July 2010 issue of the Online Magazine, which can be viewed at  This month's ad is on page 5. The site receives thousands of visitors per day.

Each month, publishes a full color ad in their popular online magazine which will feature 5-6 of Project Jason's missing person cases from across the country. The ad has clickable links which take the reader to additional information about the missing person, and a link to their printable poster.  Readers are encouraged to sign up for the AAN program and help with poster distribution. "You can be a Hero" is the theme of the joint venture.

Awareness Angels Network (AAN). AAN, begun by Project Jason in 2008, provides a way for the public to assist the families of missing persons. Missing persons posters designed specifically for the AAN program are disseminated via email to those enrolled in the program. Participants can then upload the posters to websites, print and place the posters in public areas, and forward them to their contacts. The program helps spread the word and increase the chances of finding the person.

In the July 2010 issue, the following missing persons were featured:

Melissa Flores, missing from Cordell, OK, since 1/27/2007

Gerry Manley, missing from Philadephia, MS, since 2/13/2010

Eric Peterson, missing from Bloomington, MN, since 1/19/2010

Kara Radabah, missing from Bremerton, WA, since 5/13/2010

Note: Sadly, Kara was found deceased after the issue went to press.

Hector Valencia, missing from Los Banos, CA, since 5/4/2010

Megan Waterman, missing from Hauppage, NY, since 6/6/2010

You can read more about this program at

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