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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Investigators trying again to solve the 1981 disappearance of14-year-old Deanie Peters say they have learned that the girl wasinvolved in an altercation a few days before she vanished, and wantto talk to any witnesses.
The physical altercation involved other students and happened atthe school, according to detectives.
The Metro Cold Case unit hopes a newly offered reward from aprivate individual will help loosen lips.
"There is now a $25,000 cash reward for information that leadsus to the location of Deanie Peters' body and information thatleads us to those individuals that are responsible for her death,"Detective and Sgt. Sally Wolter said.
In a news conference Thursday, investigators say they haveexcavated all the rumored sites where people said Peters might havebeen buried, interviewed hundreds of people and traveled to sevenstates to do that.
The unit financed by a federal grant has had five detectives onit for 16 months.
The teenager vanished from Forest Hills Central Middle Schoolwhile attending her brother's wrestling practice in February1981.
The head of the Cold Case team said just the announcement thatthere would be a news conference Thursday has resulted in morecalls coming in, indicating a high public interest in the casedecades later.
If you have information about Peters' disappearance, you areasked to call the Cold Case team at (616) 632-6123.
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