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Man charged in connection to 1981 disappearance of Deanie Peters

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Posted at 10:16 PM, Jul 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-19 22:16:06-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A man has been charged in connection to the disappearance of Deanie Peters, a West Michigan girl who went missing more than 40 years ago.

James Douglas Frisbie, 61, was arrested in connection to the case earlier this month, on Friday, July 2.

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It was Feb. 5, 1981, when 14-year-old Deanie Peters went missing after attending her brother's wrestling match at Forest Hills Central Middle School. Deanie told her mother she was going to the restroom and was never seen again.

Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker confirmed to Fox 17 that Frisbie was charged with perjury, as the man is being accused of lying in connection to Peters’ case.

“Everyone wants to know why…what’s going on now and we really can’t talk about it because it’s still under investigation," Becker said. “In our minds this may be the last hurrah, if you will. People are getting older, this is a very old case, so how much more will you be able to get out of it?”

Frisbie also been charged with resisting and obstructing police, based on how he allegedly behaved when he was arrested on the perjury charge.

Court documents show he's also accused of telling other witnesses to refrain from bringing their phones to scheduled investigative subpoenas.

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