Missing K-State staffer update, homicide in Lawrence


Officials from the Riley County Police Department and Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office want to talk to three teenage skateboarders about the disappearance of St. George resident Jane Peterson. As reported Wednesday, Peterson, 56, has been missing since Sunday. Peterson is a senior administrative assistant for the physics department at Kansas State University. Her truck was discovered near Tuttle Cove on Monday.

An individual who lives in the area spotted three teenage skaters in the vicinity of Peterson’s truck. Police officials want to talk to the youths about her disappearance, in hopes they have any relevant information.

A search effort for Peterson will be held Saturday at 10:15 a.m. at the Tuttle Cove boat dock. Donations of water, granola bars and snacks for the volunteers will be accepted at Brooks Yamaha, 8070 US 24 on Thursday and Friday.

Police ask anyone with information to contact Pottawatomie County Sheriff Greg Riats at 785-457-3353.

A Lawrence man was found dead in his home Friday night and his ex-girlfriend, who lived with him, has gone missing. The body of Harold Sasko, 52, was discovered when police were asked to investigate the disappearance of his 19-year-old ex-girlfriend, Sarah Brooke Gonzales McLinn.

Police said Sasko sustained traumatic injuries and are treating his death as a homicide. Sasko owned two Cici’s Pizza franchises in Topeka and one in Lawrence. As reported in the Lawrence Journal-World, the two continued to live together after their relationship ended.

Lawrence police said a vehicle from the residence was also missing, a blue or dark grey 2008 Nissan Altima with Kansas license plate number “AK149.” Lawrence, Kansas Police Department officials ask anyone with information about the homicide or McLinn’s whereabouts to contact them at 785-832-7509.