Details of Disappearance Petersen was scheduled to visit her parents' residence in Lakeland, Florida during the 1992 holidays. She lived with her children in Ocala, Florida at the time. She sent her children to their grandparents' house alone on December 24, 1992 and told her mother she would call her early on Christmas morning. She has never been heard from again.
In 2018, authorities announced they were closing Petersen's case, although they have not found her body or filed charges against anyone, because they had determined Frank Crow was responsible for her death.
A photo of Crow is posted with this case summary. He is currently serving a thirty-year prison sentence for the unrelated murder of his roommate. He offered to confess to Petersen's murder, in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Immunity was granted, because he's in poor health and will be 84 years old at the time of his earliest parole date. Petersen's family agreed to this.
According to Crow, on Christmas Eve 1992, he met Petersen at a convenience store and they had drinks together at the White Forest Tavern. Afterwards they walked down to Lake Catherine together. He stated he killed her there, dismembered her and threw the body parts into several lakes in the Ocala National Forest area.
Crow said he'd murdered Petersen because she was a "snitch", but police think a more probable motive is that she rejected his sexual advances. They don't think it will be possible to locate her remains.
Some agencies may list January 6, 1993 as the date of Petersen's disappearance. Her city of residence may be listed as Silver Springs, Florida.
- Ocala Police Department
Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated September 9, 2018; details of disappearance updated.