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Truck driven by missing Rock Hill woman found in Asheboro

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com

As Susan Peterson’s brother prepared to retrieve his truck from Asheboro, York County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Trent Faris said Sunday that authorities have “no reason to believe right now” that foul play was involved in the disappearance of the 58-year-old Rock Hill woman.

Peterson borrowed her brother’s truck around 7 a.m. Aug. 14 so she could donate plasma for money in Charlotte, said her brother, Michael Peterson.

As Susan Peterson left their home on Cannon Drive in Rock Hill, she said she had planned to try a new plasma center that was five miles farther than her usual place, he said.

“I never saw her after that,” said Peterson, who called police Thursday when she still hadn’t come home.

On Friday, the white Ford Ranger pickup was located near Asheboro on Pisgah Covered Bridge Road.

Officers said they found the truck in a wooded area but did not find Susan Peterson.

Michael Peterson said authorities also told him that the keys were in the truck, and that the vehicle had half a tank of gasoline.

Susan Peterson is described as 5-feet-2-inches tall and weighing about 135 pounds.

Michael Peterson said his sister moved from Florida a couple of years ago to live with him because she was having issues with her relatives there.

He described her as a quiet person who liked to keep to herself and didn’t like to leave the house much.

“She’s a very private person. She doesn’t go out and meet people,” he said.

Still, Michael Peterson said, his sister enjoyed looking at his garden, which includes tomatoes, peppers and onions.

Michael Peterson said Sunday that he will be escorted by police to retrieve his truck in Asheboro. He also hopes to get updates on his sister’s disappearance.

“It’s not like her to take my truck and not return it,” he said. “I’m worried sick. We’re all worried sick.”

Faris said authorities will continue working Monday to determine which plasma center Peterson was planning to visit and whether she ever made it there.

“I’m waiting for my sister to wake up and call me or the police,” Michael Peterson said. “We’re waiting by the phone.”

Police are asking anyone with information about Susan Peterson’s whereabouts to call the York County Sheriff’s Office at 803-628-3059 or Crime Stoppers of York County at 877-409-4321.

Arriero: 704-358-5945; On Twitter: @earriero
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