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More Than 120 Volunteers Continued the Search for Missing PSC Student Tyler Thomas


(Peru, Neb.) More than 120 students, faculty, staff and community members searched the Peru area again today for missing student Tyler (Ty) Thomas. She remains missing.

More than 150 volunteers joined Nemaha County Sheriff’s deputies, who are being assisted by the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP), in the search for Ty yesterday, Saturday, Dec. 4. Volunteers canvassed Peru and a three to five-mile radius of rugged terrain on foot, by ATV and with other vehicles. An NSP helicopter also conducted an aerial search.

Thomas’ family released the following statement:

"Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the hundreds of students and volunteers who have assisted in the effort to find our daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend. We also want to thank President Hanson and his wife, Elaine, for opening their home to our family, the local churches and clergy for their prayers, and the law enforcement officers who continue to search for Ty. The outpouring of support from everyone in the area has been overwhelming, and we appreciate everything everyone has done. We hope and pray that we will find Ty and bring her home safely." 

The Nemaha County Sheriff’s Office and NSP are continuing to actively pursue and investigate leads as they become available.

Peru State College (PSC) President Dan Hanson said, “We realize this is uncertain time for our students. While we don’t know what happened to Ty, we have increased Campus Security personnel as a precaution. As always, anyone who wants an escort to their vehicles or other locations on campus can contact Campus Security. It’s a free service that is available 24 hours a day. We also encourage students to take the same precautions we would advise at any other time in any other location. Do not walk alone at night, be mindful of your surroundings, report any suspicious activity and look out for one another.” 

Authorities are asking area residents, especially famers, to look in their barns, out buildings, unlocked vehicles, ditches and fields for any signs of the missing student. Anyone with information pertaining to the whereabouts of Thomas is asked to call the Nemaha County Sheriff’s Office at 402-274-3139.

Thomas (DOB 9/7/91) was reported missing at 3 a.m., Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, after attending an off-campus party in Peru. She was last seen at 1:30 a.m. walking toward the Centennial Complex residence hall on the southwest side of Peru.

Thomas is a black female, 5’5” tall, 140 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a teal shirt with green sweat pants, a scarf and ear muffs.