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Peterson's missing Chevy Tahoe found

Friday, January 21, 2011 | 11:19 a.m. CST; updated 4:37 p.m. CST, Saturday, January 22, 2011

COLUMBIA — A tip from a resident led police on Friday morning to a Chevrolet Tahoe wanted in the investigation of a homicide this week.

Witnesses on Tuesday said they saw the 1998 blue Tahoe belonging to Zachariah Peterson speeding from the Sunset Mobile Home Park in southwest Columbia, where 31-year-old James Leon Porter was shot several times.

Peterson was arrested Wednesday on an outstanding warrant after a person who had seen Peterson's photograph in the news reported seeing him walking on Providence Road.

A Crime Stoppers tip at 8:30 a.m. Friday led investigators to the area where the Tahoe was discovered, according to a release from the Columbia Police Department. Police are not yet releasing information about the location of the vehicle, its condition and its contents.

Public Information Officer Jill Wieneke thanked citizens for their help this week, saying Peterson was found within 50 minutes of a media release that said he was wanted for questioning and the Tahoe was found within 14 hours of the Crime Stoppers reward being publicized.


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