Police increase patrols for missing Fishers teenager
A Silver Alert has been issued for a missing Fishers teenager.
Peyton Riekhof, 18, was last seen during the early morning hours of July 18th in the area of Fall Creek Road and Brooks School Road. Investigators are concerned about her safety and well-being.
By issuing a Silver Alert, police will be able to reach residents and commuters across the state of Indiana with information about Riekhof's disappearance.
"We are very concerned. Friends and family are looking for her. This is very unlike her to go without any contact," said Fishers Police Ofc. Tom Weger.
Friday afternoon, the Town of Fishers also issued a Code Red message about missing 18-year-old Peyton Riekhof. More than 30,000 people are subscribed to receive the messages. The Code Red program was first implemented last month and this is the first time it was used.
"Hoping that somebody knows more and is able to call and alert police or the family," Weger said.
Police say a friend of Peyton's contacted them at around 3:00 am Thursday concerned about her safety. She left his Geist home driving her 2006 black Mercury Mariner Sport Utility Vehicle (Indiana registration SGC405).
Riekhof just graduated Hamilton Southeastern High School, where she played on the softball team. She is scheduled to start at the University of Kansas in the fall. Her SUV has a Kansas Jayhawks frame around the license plate.
Police officers along with Peyton's family and friends have been searching for her since then.
Ms. Riekhof is described as white, 5'8" tall and weighing approximately 140 pounds. She has blond hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink tank top and black yoga pants. Anyone with information about Ms. Riekhof's whereabouts is encouraged to contact their local police department.
Video footage confirmed she purchased gas at 2:01 am on Thursday at the Shell Station located at 96th Street and Olio Road.
Fishers police officers ran regular patrols Friday night, but are keeping an eye open for any sign of Peyton.
"Tire tracks, anything leading towards the pond area. Obviously, you've got high ground here and are able to look down on ponds, the warehouses," said Fisher Police Ofc. Cesar Rodriguez.
Rodriguez is doing his regular patrols, but with a special awareness.
"Marks on the curb from tire marks, why are they there? All those things really matter, they're important," he said.
He's checking around ponds for any signs of grasses that have been disturbed or branches run over and driving along tree lines too looking for any telltale signs the car may have crashed off the road.
"A female was observed in the area going into the residence matching her description," said Rodriguez about one police radio call he took.
Turns out that house was vacant and no other witnesses were found. Then another lead came in, but "it was not her," Rodriguez said.