Friends, co-workers set up Go-Fund-Me page for Peskey family

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - It is an investigation that is crossing state lines, police in both states are looking into what happened on Interstate 70.

"The purposes of these investigations is to determine who actually committed these crimes, a person or persons," Patrol Sgt. Scott White, Missouri Highway Patrol, said. "And also, reach out to people if they have any information to contact us. But, I can confirm right now that we do not have anyone in custody."

Melissa Peskey, mother of two and a realtor in Sioux Falls, was shot and killed in her car before it crashed.

"We do know that the only other people that were traveling inside the vehicle with her were five and eleven-year-old children," Sgt. White said. "And those children were uninjured, and they are safe now."

Investigators have issued a plea to the public, asking for help with any information, including whether anyone saw her SUV driving at the time of the crime.

Here in Sioux Falls, friends and family are mourning the loss of a mother, friend, and colleague.

"She just brought so much warmth, she was such a genuinely caring person, and she was and is the epitome of what a mother should be," Karen Wollman, a friend of Melissa said.

"She would always leave you, no matter what was going on in your life, she left you feeling more positive than when you had when you first started talking to her," Bethany Olson, a friend of Melissa.

Now friends, family, and co-workers are looking to help out the family going forward.

Ned Hodgson, a friend of the family, has started a Go-Fund-Me page to help out the Peskey family during this time.

"Of course there's a lot of costs being accrued with this process family, funeral expenses, we have to think school, we have to think Christmas presents, we have to think all those other things that we don't even know about," Hodgson said. "And that money will go to hopefully give the family a piece of mind."

Already surpassing their goal twice on the Go-Fund-Me page, now settling on their new goal found on the website.

"I think it shows a lot to the family that people do care even though they might not know the family it's touched the hearts and minds and thoughts and prayers of people around the world," Hodgson said.

If you want to donate, you can visit the Go-Fund-Me page here.

And if you have any information you are asked to call the Missouri Highway Patrol, that number 573-751-1000.