Abilene Reporter News, March 15, 1974

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 15, 1974, Abilene, Texas gftlene "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron 93RD YEAR, NO. 271 PHONE 873-4271 AB1LENK, TKXAS, 79604, FRIDAY EVENING, MARCH 15, PACKS INM'OUR SECTIONS Associated 1'rest (If) Few Know, But Many Watch for Heidi RBC IS HEIDI? Ily JIM KLAHN Assucialer! Press Writer SEATTLE fAP) Few know little Heidi, but seldom a day goes by 'thai hundreds of shop- pers, working people and schoolchildren don't watch for her face in the crowd. The 4-year-old daughter of Mr. 'and Mrs. Hoy Peterson lias been missing since Feb. 21 and police say they are sure she was abduclcd. "I used to tell her, every night when 1 lucked her in, -Re- member Heidi, whatever hap- pens, mommy and daddy 'al- ways love said tliu mother of the little girl with it winning smile. The" caring and concern arc not the Petersons' alone. Thou- sands of volunteer housewives, students, boy scouts, merchants and laborers have mobilized in the search.-Heidi has become almost a family member in many households. An initial and massive search turned up no sign of her. Un- daunted, hundreds of house- wives began covering the cily with posters bearing the picture and description of the girl. Nearly leaflets have been distributed and the search is spreading to other towns and cities of the Northwest and the nation. "There's probably been more response on this case Itian any other I've been on in 16 said police Detective Hill Baughman, one of two officers assigned fiilllime to Heidi's case. In schools, children take a lesson In be careful of stran- gers and offer a prayer For Heidi. Police, merchants and shoppers spent an afternoon downtown hunting without re- sults alter a man said he thought lie -had seen the girl with an older woman. At the Peterson home, over- looking Hie boats 1'iivlage Ray and 'with the Cascade. Mountains in Hie background, the waiting is hard. The bald- ing Peterson, carpenler by Irade and Swedish by descent, holds his wife's hand. She is 'X and wonders if it isn't harder because she he-came a mother relatively late. They tell themselves their daughter is safe. Peterson says bluntly, 'These are hopes, but KIMS, 2A I Exec's Whereabouts Remain a Mystery HUKNOS AIKICS, Arseiilina I API The of American oil executive Victor SaiiHielson remained a mys- tery today despite payment four (lays ago of a record SI4.2 million ransom to Marxist guerrillas for his release. II .was not known, if the Pen- ]i I c 's Army (Elil'i were still holding His refinery manager from Cleveland. Ohio, or if he had been released and secret- ly flown abroad. Officials of Ksso Argentina, Samuclsoivs employer and a subsidiary of Exxon, would say only that they would make no' immediate statement when Samuelson was released. They implied the -announcement would come from Kxxon's New York headquarters. Police sources said they hail no information that he hail been freed. There was also no information from Sumuelson's wife, who was sent to the United States in mid-January SEAUCII FOli lUUCillTUH GOKS ON for Mr. and Pelcrson of Seattle the alternative is certainly very grim." Heidi was apparently taken a couple of weeks alter the well publicized kidnaping of Patricia Hearst, and Mrs. Pe-lcrson compared her sftnnlion In that of the Hearst family. "Al least they know she's being held. We don't. They have a terrible fear In live with, but we don'l even have Ihal. If I knew" .someone had her Ihal would lie fantastic Airs. Peterson last saw her daughicr the afternoon of Feb. 21 as Heidi and brother Carl, played in front of the mod- est family home. Mrs. Peterson left for a short trip to the gro- cery store. Within 15 minutes her hus- band stepped outside the house In check on hip children and found Carl sitting on his tricycle, alone and with a long face. "Heidi said the boy. Seasonal Advice Offered on Twisters As the tornado season begins again, Staff Writer Joe Dacy II gives the. weather experts' views on what makes the whirling winds tick and what the oublic con

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