ENDANGERED PERSON ADVISORY: Two children, father reported missing from Greene County
GREENE COUNTY, Mo. (KY3) - Greene County investigators say the search for a father and his two children has become more concerning. The three have now been missing for three days.
Investigators released a statement Sunday morning. They presume Darrell Peak has taken the children with no plan to return. Authorities are looking for Peak, 40, and his two children, 3-year-old Mayson Peak and 4-year-old Kaiden Peak. Investigators say they have followed up several leads in the disappearances.
Detectives have made several attempts to have an Amber Alert issued, but this case has not met the criteria. The Greene County Sheriff’s Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol issued an Endangered Person Advisory in the case as of 4:30 p.m. Friday.
According to the sheriff’s office, the children were last seen around 7 p.m. Thursday in Warsaw, Missouri. However, the missing person incident was reported around 4 p.m. Thursday from a home in the 1200 block E. FR 28 in Pleasant Hope.
Family members told authorities that Darrell’s behavior is out of character, and they have not been able to contact him since he and his two children went missing.
“It really worries me where they are,” Peak’s daughter Katie said. “I just want them home, I miss them.”
Family members have been working around the clock to try and find the three. A few of Peak’s other children quickly began a search in Springfield.
”We went driving around Springfield trying to figure out places he would be,” Katie Peak said. “Because my brother is his best friend, so he would know. All the places he thought he would be, he wasn’t.”
Darrell Peak suffers from depression and has made suicidal statements in the past, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
“Him and my mom got into an argument,” Peak’s daughter Shyla said. “Took off in his Camaro and crashed it over there. And that’s when he jumped in my mom’s car with the two babies.”
The Greene County Sheriff is seeking any tips, and family are asking everyone to be on the look out.
”I mean somebody has seen him,” Katie said. “If he is walking, if somebody has picked him up I feel like he’s had to have contacted somebody. I mean somebody has seen him. And they need to speak up about it. I mean those are two little boys who need to be home.”
The sheriff’s office says a Benton County Deputy located Darrell Peak’s vehicle north of Warsaw, abandoned along State Highway 65, around 8 p.m. Thursday. Authorities responded to the area after receiving a tip that two small children were walking along State Highway 65.
While responding, a deputy observed who she believed to be Darrell and the children walking up the highway. When she turned around to check, no one was walking along the highway.
Earlier Thursday evening, a Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper stopped to assist Darrell on State Highway 65, also north of Warsaw, around 5:30 p.m. According to the trooper, the children were with Darrell at the time and appeared to be fine, but their father also declined any assistance.
Darrell is described as a white man, around 5′6″ tall, 170 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. Darrell was last seen wearing black carpenter jeans, a gray Kum & Go hoody and a black t-shirt.
Mayson is described as white boy, 3′ tall, 39 pounds, with light brown hair and green eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt that says “mama knows best”, joggers and tan work style boots.
Kaiden is described as a white boy, 3′4″ tall, 38 pounds, with white hair and blue eyes. Kaiden was last seen wearing black shirt with blue sleeves, jeans and boots.
If you have any information regarding Darrell Peak or the missing children, contact 911, your nearest local law enforcement agency or call the Greene County Sheriff’s Office at 417-829-6235.
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