Austin Forrest Pevo has been missing
since February. (Submitted photo)
By LACEY WHELAN
FORT HALL — Hope is something Austin Pevo’s mother Susan Pevo has not given up on.
Her son has been missing since February. No one has seen or heard from him since then. Austin was dropped off at work, located on Cemetery and Hawthorne Road, and his boss says he made a phone call and walked off.
Susan Pevo says that Austin never went more than two days before contacting her. When the two days passed and no contact from her son, she began to be worried. She started questioning friends of his, and also any family members, whom he may have contacted, but heard nothing. Austin did not have his own cell phone and he usually used friend’s phones to contact her through Facebook messenger, or call her. She tried reaching out to him many times through his social media outlets, and hasn’t heard back from him.
Susan worries that something bad has happened to him because he hasn’t made contact within roughly seven months.
Susan decided after many days of waiting to hear back from him, and her contacting Austin’s friends and their own family, and after many attempts on her own of frequenting the places Austin would sometimes visit, she decided it was time to ask for help and proceeded to make contact with the local police departments. Susan even made phone calls to the local hospitals, and detention centers, hoping to find him there.
She then made contact with the Fort Hall Police Department and Detective Chad Phillips would be assisting her. She also made contact with the Pocatello Police Department, with Officer Jackson. Both police departments advised, she would need to file a missing person report. After doing so, they insisted if any information came up they would contact her. Susan says she has forwarded all information that has been provided to her, to the FHPD. She said the FHPD has not organized any search parties to further look for Austin, but wonders why it hasn’t been done. The FHPD advised her they would be speaking with the FBI to possibly come up with additional reward money to help with finding Austin, but she hasn’t heard any more.
Susan said the police followed up with many leads, but each time they came up empty handed. She feels as if she is being ignored. The more information she gives them, the less she hears from them. She wants some answers, and wants to bring her son home regardless of how he comes home.
The next option was to move on to the media, and she reached out to Channel 6 news, the Idaho State journal, and the Power County Press, hoping to find more answers. She hopes by doing so, someone will contact the police departments and they will find Austin.
Susan worries about him because he wears contacts, and he normally returns home to retrieve more, and hasn’t. She also makes it a point everyday to try and message him on Facebook messenger, hoping to hear from him. She finds comfort in knowing she is still doing her part by reaching out to him, and praying for her son, everyday. She never thought her family would ever be put in this situation. She saw similar circumstances happen on television, movies and in the newspaper, but never once did she think her family would be going through it.
Susan and her family made an effort by having two blanket dances during the Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival, to raise money for a reward, to present to the public and maybe look for more answers, but it seems to her like the reward hasn’t helped either. The reward has been offered since August.
She said they had family visit from Wyoming, Utah, and Washington, and has given them posters to take back with them, hoping it helps. If it’s possible he may be in another state, she wants his posters put up to have people see his face, and stay in their minds, in case he is living elsewhere. He had previously stayed with a girlfriend in Elko, Nevada, Susan has tried reaching out to her, but the young lady says she hasn’t heard from Austin, and hasn’t seen him. Friends that he has on Facebook ask for updated information and Susan can only provide what she has previously shared with them.
Susan and her family want Austin to know, “We love you and care for you, and they all want you to come home, safely.” They are not mad at you, and they want to hear from you, to know that you are ok and safe. They don’t care if you are living with someone in another place, they just want to hear your voice and to know that you are alright.
Austin Forrest Pevo is 5 feet 8 inches tall and between 180-185 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. He has his last name Pevo tattooed on his right arm, scars on his left arm and on his right cheek below his right eye. He was last seen wearing black jeans, a black jacket and brown shoes. He sometimes wears glasses and does wear contacts, when he has them. There is a reward being offered, and if anyone would like to donate to the reward, they can stop into the Mountain America Bank located on 1012 Yellowstone Ave in Pocatello, and the account is titled “Austin Pevo reward fund.”
Fort Hall Police Chief Pat Teton said they’ve interviewed several people where he was last seen and searched the area but he wasn’t located. They also interviewed his friends and family. In addition they were given permission to search his room in Pocatello, collected some items and they’ve been sent to the lab for latent prints.
The FHPD also gathered his medical records, dental records and assisted Pocatello with getting them entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). “We have collected his families DNA in the event we need it if evidence is located,” Teton said. “Our detective went to the store and watched all their video surveillance but he was not seen.” The case continues to be open and the FHPD is actively working the case, along with the Pocatello Police.
Susan and her family appreciates everyone who has helped, and if any further information comes up, they should contact Detective Chad Phillips at the Fort Hall Police Department: 208-238-4000 or Officer Jackson with the Pocatello Police Department: 208-234-6100.