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Berkeley, California (Friday, May 07, 2010) - Over fourteen years have passed since the vanishing of Berkeley High School student, Peter John McColl. The case has had no viable leads since the day McColl disappeared leaving the family desperate for answers.

                          Peter J. McColl missing teen

                   Peter John McColl

Age Progression to 22 years
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On August 28, 1995, Peter John McColl, 16, was last seen around 10:30 a.m. by family members at their residence in the 700 block of The Alameda in North Berkeley. McColl declined an invitation to have breakfast with his mother and told his brother he was going to a bookstore on Telegraph Avenue. At 11:39 p.m., when McColl had not come home, or contacted his parents, the family got worried and called The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) to report McColl as missing.

At the time of McColl’s disappearance, he was entering his junior year at Berkeley High School and had been a member of the school’s crew team. McColl was described by family members as a loving, quiet young man, who shared a passion for music and playing the guitar. McColl is near-sighted and requires corrective lenses for distance vision.

Since the day McColl vanished, the family has been haunted by the pain of not knowing what happened to their son, brother, and friend. Peter McColl’s father, John McColl, pleaded, “Peter, if you are out there, we still love you please come home. Our hearts ache for you.”

The family is disheartened by the disappearance of their loved one and urges anyone with information to please come forward. BPD Homicide Detectives are asking the same. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the BPD Homicide Detail at 510-981-
5741 or the BPD non-emergency line at 510-981-5900. Callers can remain anonymous by calling the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

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