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“She Loved Life” Says Close Friend of Julie Peters

Monday night police found the car and body of missing Edwards woman Julie Peters
PEORIA - Monday night police found the car and body of missing Edwards woman Julie Peters.

“She was fun, she loved life and she loved her children and I think I’ll miss watching her be a mother," said close family friend Cheryl Rogers.

Peters was a young mother-of-two who went missing on September 28th.

"The family was hopeful, up until they saw that car come out of the river, they knew that was her car," Rogers said.

Former Chillicothe Police Chief, Steven Maurer said he was at his usual Chillicothe hangout, Monday night overlooking the river. He said he saw two Southern Illinois students doing a fish study and got an idea.

"Asked them if they had sonar, he said we got the best sonar in the state. I said, well if you could, take a couple sweeps and start at the north ramp and come back to the south ramp. I said we've been missing a car and a girl in a car for about 10 days," Maurer recalled.

That hunch proved to be right. Later that night police pulled the silver Chevy Impala matching the description of Peters’ car. The female body in the driver's seat was Julie Peters.

"It was heartbreaking for the family they had hoped that they would find her," Rogers said.

Rogers said it's a sense of closure for peter's friends and family. The search has ended meaning they can remember Julie as a mother, daughter and friend who was working towards a better life.

"She always had a desire to be a nurse so she wanted to help people," Rogers said.

But it doesn't fill all the holes in this investigation.

"Many unanswered questions. We don't know what happened to Julie just that we found her body and her car in the river."

The family is accepting donations for peter's two young children. To donate people can give to the Julie Peters Fund at any CEFCU bank.
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