RENO, NV - The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is searching for elderly woman who disappeared sometime after July 22nd. The woman’s grandson was arrested Sunday in Sacramento. He was found driving her car and had her credit cards and a backpack full of her jewelry.
Peggy Herlacher was fist discovered to be missing on July 24th after her daughter called the LCSO to check in on her. Herlacher is 73-years-old, described as being in poor health and rarely leave her Silver Springs home. The daughter also told sheriff’s deputies that Herlacher’s grandson, James Masterson, had been living with Herlacher for the last couple of weeks.
The daughter had heard Masterson had taken Herlacher’s car to go to a family wedding in Modesto, CA. The daughter said that Herlacher would never loan out her car, nor was there any family wedding in California.
A search of Herlacher’s residence showed nothing out of the ordinary. The daughter helped deputies note that Herlacher’s purse, personal blanket, and pillow were missing. She also pointed out that all of her mother’s jewelry had been taken.
On July 25th, Masterson was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol in Sacramento driving Herlacher’s car. He was in possession of his grandmother’s credit cars and had a backpack full of her jewelry. He refused to answer any questions regarding the whereabouts of his grandmother.
Masterson is currently being held in the Sacramento County Jail for possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of stolen property. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the disappearance of Peggy Herlacher; they believe that James Masterson is involved due to his suspicious activities.
If anyone has any information they are urged to call the LCSO at 775-463-6620, Secret Witness at 775-322-4900, or Lt Ortiz or Lt. Veil at 775-577-5023.