Updated:ROSS TOWNSHIP, Pa.,None —
The family of a missing Ross Township mother who was last seen on Sept. 26 started their own search Saturday morning in hopes of finding Jamie Peterson.
Peterson’s family was passing out fliers in hopes of learning new information in her disappearance earlier this week, but decided they needed to do more.
About 75 family members and friends met at Giant Eagle on Jacks Run Road and hit the streets from there looking for any information that may help them.
Searchers looked in the woods and walked along the side of roads looking for clues. They said they were hoping to find Peterson’s purse and cellphone.
Jamie Peterson's 11-and 12-year-old children arrived home from school last week, and there was no sign of their mother, police said. The 30-year-old’s purse and cellphone were also missing.
"I am kind of having a hard time without her,” Peterson’s daughter Daisy said. “I’m really sad about it and I don’t really know where she would have gone. I wish she would have told me because it's hard for me and my brother to not have her with us."
"I don't wish it on any other family," said Peterson's father, Jim Peterson. "I know what I'm going through, and it's really hard and difficult."
"The last person to see her was her ex-boyfriend and other than that I’m not sure of her friends or who she goes with,” Peterson’s father said. “She had to feel comfortable to get in somebody’s vehicle."
Channel 11's Timyka Artist talked to Peterson’s mother, who described the situation as living a nightmare.
"It's terrible. No one would ever want to go through this," said Darlene Peterson.
Police have collected evidence on North Fremont Avenue near Peterson's home. Her father passed out fliers all over the North Hills area on Monday hoping to find someone with information.
The woman’s green Nissan Sentra remained parked in the driveway, although her mother said she could not walk long distances because of a recent knee injury. Darlene Peterson said there wouldn't be any reason for her daughter not to take the car.
"She would have to need some kind of help because this just isn't her," said her mother.
"I want her to come home and I wish she could answer her phone,” Peterson’s daughter Daisy said. “Then I could at least hear her voice for a second and maybe she could tell me where she is or where she could be so we could find her."
Peterson, a mechanic, has several distinctive tattoos, including a butterfly on her neck and a purple bear on her left arm.
Anyone with information on Peterson's whereabouts is asked to call Ross Township police.