SHE WOULD be approaching middle age now. Perhaps with children, maybe grandchildren. Instead, she is a question mark. Deanie Peters was just 14-years-old when she vanished on Feb. 5, 1981. Friends and family recently remembered the pretty brunette on what would have been her 45th birthday. In her honor, they gathered in Grand Rapids, Michigan and released 45 white balloons. Each of the ballons had her picture on it. Her former boyfriend Rob Mackey was
there. He told the Grand Rapids Press: "There are a lot of loved ones here. We're going to release these balloons in memory of Deanie, with hope and prayers that we'll get to the bottom of it. We'll not forget."
Leaders of a cold case team say they believe a man named Bruce Bunch was responsible for Deanie's disappearance and he buried her after killing her. He died in Kentucky before he could be questioned.
Deanie's body was never found. In February on the 30th anniversary of her disappearance, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, in collaboration with the Kent County Metro Cold Case team, has issued an alert that contains a rendering of what Peters, then 14, could look like as a 40-year-old. For more, check out SECRETS OF DEANIE PETERS