Fire and rescue agencies assembled Saturday in the Fairmont City area for a search for a missing person.
Authorities said they were searching for Allen M. Peters, 27, of East St. Louis, who had last been seen on Feb. 25.
St. Clair County Sheriff's Investigator Scott Toth said Peters was causing a disturbance at the Foodland store, which is located at 8401 Collinsville Road in Fairmont City, on Feb. 25. The store’s manager called police.
“He exited the building and saw police activity near his vehicle. He fled west on foot behind the building toward a wooded area,” Toth said. “A witness, who was with him, says he’s not been seen since.”
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Peters was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket and blue jeans.
Asked whether foul play was suspected, Toth said, "Right now he’s just missing.”
Toth said Illinois State Police were bringing in a drone from Springfield, to assist in the search.’
Toth asked that anyone with information about Peters call the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department at 825-5776.
Police and rescue workers were searching along both sides of Illinois 111, north of Interstate 70. Some were on all-terrain vehicles.
Searchers assembled on a parking lot. They also had a boat.
The St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency reported about 9:45 a.m. that “multiple agencies” were coordinating for the search.
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