Search for rural Staples man enters t...

Search for rural Staples man enters third week

There are 17 comments on the story from Aug 7, 2009, titled Search for rural Staples man enters third week. In it, reports that:

Peter Achermann has been missing for more than two weeks. Authorities, family and friends have been searching every day since without any success and are getting tired.

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Saint Paul, MN

#1 Aug 7, 2009
how's about a picture of the man?

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Aug 7, 2009
thank you!


#5 Aug 7, 2009
Totally inappropriate comment.

United States

#6 Aug 7, 2009
I pray for his safe return and peace for his family.

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Aug 7, 2009
Some of you posters should be ashamed of yourself...what awful things to say! How would you feel if someone said that about one of your loved ones? bad...with your mean probably don't have any loved ones.

Saint Cloud, MN

#8 Aug 7, 2009
If you want to make inappropriate comments, consider this: we all have parents. This group of people simply wants to know what happened to the father they love. No matter what it turns out to be, they want to know. So, if you can't say something helpful, keep it to yourself. If you can't, list your name, address and phone number on your next post. I see this happen on topix all the time. You aren't funny. Save funny for some government gaffe or a stupid criminal.
No glory in the local

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Aug 7, 2009
Why in the world would the government get involved looking for a U.S. Citizen who is lost locally, when they can spend a lot of time and money going to other countries to rescue individuals that knowingly broke the laws of that country, it is probably knowing they would not get their mugs plastered on papers nationally verses only the local media.
Diane Johnson


#10 Aug 8, 2009
I hate reading these shameful comments. It makes me wonder if you are the one who knows where is is and did harm to the poor man.
I hope they investigate you. I think the comment
Ole and lena would be proud is the person that should really be investgated and have their home
Diane Johnson


#11 Aug 10, 2009
I am having a hard time with this.. I sure this
wonderful man has a wonderful family.. I want
to again send my love and Prayers to all of you.

Foley, MN

#12 Aug 11, 2009
until you know the whole story you should keep you selfish comments to yourself. The paper doesn't explain the cicumstances around the situation.

Englewood, CO

#13 Aug 12, 2009
And what are those circumstances???

Rochester, MN

#14 Aug 13, 2009
Where is Peter Achermann from rural Leader/Staples, Minnesota?

Peter has been missing since his strange disappearance between 1-3 PM on Friday July 24th.
When does a full investigation begin into criminal activity? We have been searching for 18 days where his car was found. There is no sign that he is or ever was there.

Why did Cass County pull the National Guard assistance after only 2 days of searching a very small area that had already been searched at least three times? Do THEY think he is NOT in that location? Then where?

Why has the car not been processed for signs of foul play? Have all video cameras in Staples been checked for signs of Peter? What about MnDot cameras?

Have the Staples area dumpsters been checked? Have dogs been used to try to pick up Peter’s scent in the dumpsters, the transfer stations, the landfill?

We are down to 8-13 volunteers to continue trying to search. We desperately need more volunteers or the National Guard back.

Please help us and the family to continue searching and bring Peter home. Please continue to keep this search for Peter alive and get more help. If the sheriff’s department doesn’t have the resources to fully investigate this mysterious vanishing of Peter, can you help by investigating anything you can to try to find some leads.

How can we get more help from any investigative authority such as the BCA? If this situation was looking for a 5 year old boy or a 16 year old girl, would we be down to only 8-13 volunteers still looking?

Peter was a loving husband, good father, grandfather, and good man who was always first in line to help ANYONE in need. Let’s find him and bring him home for his family.
Peter has no voice at this point. The family and volunteers are now his voice to help find him.

If you have any way to help the family get more resources to search for Peter, please use them.
Respectfully and thankful for any assistance,


Rochester, MN

#15 Aug 13, 2009
Tom wrote:
And what are those circumstances???
Peter went to town to get his wife's prescription and milk. He met his son from out of state coming in for Peter's granddaughter's wedding the next day and had coffee with him and grandkids.

He then went on to finish his errands. He picked up his wife's prescription, went on the the grocery store, picked up milk and then VANISHED.

He was last seen at 1:00 PM Friday July 24th getting milk at the grocery store. He was expected home by 3:00. He lives about 20 miles north of the grocery store where he was last seen.

His granddaughter was getting married the next day and he was looking forward to seeing all the family.

He did not show up at home by 3:00 as expected, then 4, 5, 7. The family members began frantically looking for his car. No luck.

On Saturday morning, the family began looking for him and his car again. About 7:00 pm Saturday, a local man called the family and said he was told that some one saw his car stuck down a long minimum maintainence road. The family went out to check it and it was Peter's car. They began another frantic search in the heavy brush and woods near where his car was found. Many of the family members skipped the wedding on Saturday to continue looking for Peter.

On Sunday morning, the Cass County sheriff's department became involved and helped coordinate the search. We have searched all the woods, brush, and swamps within a mile of where the car was found.

We have double, triple and even quadruple seached areas around the car.

We have not found the slightest clue that Peter was even there except for his car. He was wearing a brown shirt, tan colored pants, wore a red, white, and blue beret, cigars, lighter, had a cane and crucifix with him. We found nothing. We have even been watching for any human defication in the woods, nothing.

Peter had no dementia or alzheimers. He was a very healthy 82 year old man who spent his days helping others. He regularly brought the elderly and incapacitated to doctors appointments.

His disappearance is COMPLETELY out of character for him.

How could this healthy sane man make so many mistakes to get lost in the woods. First, took the wrong road to go home (co rd 32), second, took another wrong dead end road (85th Ave), third, go down a POSTED dead end minimum maintenance road where the grass and brush was higher than the car, fourth, get stuck in a mud hole, fifth, get out of the car and start walking through thick brush and woods with NO trails.

IF he did drive back there, why would he not simply turn around and walk back down the road to the first (or second, third, fourth, etc) house and ask to use a phone.


The Cass County sheriff's department does not suspect foul play. The lead investigator still thinks he is within 200-400 yards of where his car was found ------- yet Cass county sheriff's department called off the National Guard's effort to search. Doesn't make sense does it.

I am not a family member just a volunteer searcher. I have an 87 year old father and can relate to the family's desparation.

PLEASE contact any one you know to continue to pressure the Cass County sheriff's department to become more involved and get the National Guard back helping us find Peter.


Rochester, MN

#16 Aug 13, 2009
I can post several pictures to this forum. How do I do it.

Rochester, MN

#17 Aug 13, 2009
11:00 AM Thursday August 13th

We just found out that Cass County Sheriff's department is now refusing to accept any volunteers for the search and that it is up to the family to coordinate search efforts. We have been told that it is because of "liability issues". However, the family is eagerly accepting any and all volunteers.

United States

#18 Aug 13, 2009
Let me know if you need any help in your search efforts. Would be glad to help !!

Rochester, MN

#20 Aug 14, 2009
Tom wrote:
Let me know if you need any help in your search efforts. Would be glad to help !!
Absolutely, we only had six searchers yesterday. Thanks.

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