Missing Woman's Family Asks for Help

Peggy Herlacher's family has spent most of two weeks waiting for news of her fate and whereabouts. The vigil is taking a terrible toll.

"I can't take this," says daughter Lethea Love. "I just can't wake up out of this nightmare."

They've put fliers everywhere in Silver Springs and Fernley. Now they have look for her. It's a search that so far has yielded little.

Herlacher hasn't been seen since June 22nd.

Her nephew, James Masterson, who had been staying with her at her Silver Springs home was stopped by a California Highway Patrolman two days later in Sacramento. He was driving her car, a white 2000 Chevrolet.

Authorities also recovered her missing credit cards, a bag of her jewelry and found a small quantity of heroin. Masterson isn't talking and the whereabouts of his grandmother and his possible involvement in her disappearance adds an extra measure of pain.

"We know he hurt her," says Love, "and to think that it's her grandson is just....,"

"Unthinkable," suggests James' uncle, Doug Masterson. "I still can't grasp that it's her grandson."

While James Masterson sits in the Sacramento County jail, investigators in Lyon County say they are following leads, trying to trace his movements through phone records and credit card charges.

One witness reported seeing a man who may have been him stopped by the side of the road on Highway 95 Alternate between Silver Springs and Fernley. Lyon County authorities have already searched the area and other locations near Herlacher's home, but her family says it's where they want to start their search.

They're asking for volunteers to show up Wednesday morning at 7 at the intersection of Highway 50 and 95 Alternate in Silver Springs.

Lethea Love says the family doesn't want to interfere with the investigation, but feels the need to do something.

"We just can't stay by the phone any longer."

Anyone with information that might help the investigation is asked to call the Lyon County Sheriff's office at (775) 463-6620 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.


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