Kent County (WZZM) - This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of the disappearance of Deanie Peters. The 14-year-old Forest Hills student was last seen at Central Middle School in February of 1981.
The case was re-opened by detectives with the Kent County Metro Cold Case Team in 2008. "So, we basically start from February 5th, 1981, going back to the school where it all started," says Det. Rob Davis.
Peters was at her brother's wrestling match. She told her mother that she was going to the restroom, but never came back.
Deanie's friend, Kathy Kingma says, "There is not a day that goes by that I don't pray that this is solved." Kingma says Deanie was supposed to call her when she got back from the wrestling match.
In the days that followed, investigators searched the area, but found nothing. In 2009, the cold case team searched an area in Ionia County. Lt. Kevin Kelley says, "The investigation has reached a point, where they need to excavate here in order to eliminate this spot and move on with this investigation."
Investigators have said that they do believe Deanie Peters is dead, but they haven't given up on finding her body or solving the case. Friends and family are anxious for that day to come.
"All you want is closure. You want closure, that pain that you bury in your soul. It's always there. It's always there," says Kingma.
Detectives say Deanie was in a physical altercation at the school just days before her disappearance.
If you have any information, you are urged to call Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345. There is a $25,000 dollar cash reward for new information leading to an arrest.