Peggy Lynn Alt - Where Are You?
Missing Since March 2, 1985
I went to Northwest High School in the mid 1980s in House Springs, Missouri. It was not a great school. It was a school with too many kids, poor kids in particular. It was overrun with students and not enough teachers or administrators. In those days, teachers had a job to do and they did it. They didn't care about the back ground of the children and if you did come from an abusive home - they wouldn't even look at you. Abuse was not reported in those days and would not have been investigated very thoroughly. Drugs were everywhere and available anytime.
I went to school with a girl named Peggy Lynn Alt. She lived in High Ridge, Missouri. I always felt sorry for Peggy. She was quiet and there was a deep sadness about her. I assumed it was because her family was poor and everyone talked so badly about them. Everyone in a school of 2000 knew who the Alt family was. Small town talk is vicious. No one cared about the Alt kids or what might have been happening behind closed doors. Everyone just loved to talk about it.
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The town I grew up in had two classes of people. The Have's and The Have Nots. The "burnouts" and the "jocks."
Some people live in small towns because they are born there and they will never leave. Some people move to small towns because they are hiding from something. I moved there when I was ten when my mother remarried. I had no choice in the matter.
Most people spoke in loud whispers but nobody talked. It was always, "now this is between you, me and the fence post." You minded your own business. If someone knew abuse was going on in some child's household - it wasn't their business! No, no, no! One could only whisper about it - it was only right.
I left as soon as I turned 17 and never really looked back until my friend called me last week and said, "did you know Peggy went missing and has never been seen again since 1985?"
I felt terrible hearing that because Peggy and her siblings had a hard enough life. I looked into it and I am shocked by what I have found and I want to - need to - share it with everyone who will read this.
Peggy Lynn Alt has been missing since March 2, 1985. She would have turned 18 on March 4. One of her family members said that she ran away with her boyfriend to Kansas City. Other rumors were that she went to live with an Aunt of a Grandmother. The police and child protective services had removed a baby from this family because he had been scalded on his face. The neighbors who went to church and school - rode the bus with the Alt kids - they admit they heard the rumors of abuse but still, it wouldn't have been right to butt in!
In June, 2011 something must have happened to jump start the case. Her case was just added to the missing persons data banks. Detectives started questioning the neighbors, when they asked why the police had not investigated this further in 1985 - they said they had gotten a call and the family said Peggy had come back home. That was good enough.
In September and October of 2011 - dogs were brought in to search the old Alt home. There was digging in the yard. Still no one has said anything. The news hasn't even made a newspaper. It is all in the rumor mill. Meanwhile - no one knows what happened to Peggy. If no one else cares - I care. If by some small miracle she is off somewhere leaving the past behind her - I can respect that and I hope she is happy and realizes we lived in a screwed up place. The links I provided tell a very interesting tale about who was running our town - I don't have to talk about it, you can extrapolate.
I don't know if Peggy ran off with her boyfriend - I do not believe she had one. I hope that she is alive and well and escaped her situation. I hope she is reading this and knows that people did care about her and her siblings. No one knew what to do. I did not know how to help kids like that - I was just a kid myself. I am an adult now and I do know what to do. Educate and keep screaming until someone listens!
Peggy Lynn Alt was a person. She and her siblings were denied every single civil right they were born to have. Find Peggy Lynn Alt. She deserves to be counted and accounted for. She didn't ask to be born into that family - she was a victim of terrible circumstances as well as her siblings. They were fine kids and I hope they have found peace and happiness in their lives. Someone knows what happened to Peggy - and I have a feeling the guilt may be working on someone's conscience. Maybe it is time to start talking.
An officer with the department in Jefferson County contacted me today with regard to this case. He said this is an ongoing criminal investigation. We discussed the details that I have and he has nothing additional to add except the father is the person who originally reported Peggy missing.
If you have any information with regard to this case please contact the Jefferson County Police Department at 636-797-5515. They would appreciate any information you can pass along.
Peggy's sister has read this hub and left comments. The family has been actively searching for Peggy since the day she disappeared. They miss her and want her home more than anything - especially her sister.
The family is grateful that the case has been reopened and they want your help if you have any information. More details can not be revealed due to the fact that it is now an ongoing investigation. This article will continue to be updated until Peggy comes home.
You can help by sharing a link to her missing person profile or by contacting the Jefferson County Police Department with information. Peggy is out there somewhere and her family loves and needs her. If by chance you see this Peggy as your family did - they love you and want to know where you are. They have been frustrated and trying through any medium available to find you - they need you home!
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