ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A woman is searching for her brother who was biking their mother’s ashes from North Carolina to California. He was last seen in Albuquerque.
John Peck, 57, is from Oregon, but he trekked all the way from the Pacific Northwest to the East Coast on his bicycle when his mom died last year. There, he met with his sister, Gina Gambony who also lives in North Carolina.
He was “On this…vision quest kind of thing,” Gambony said via Skype. “He took my mother’s ashes, an object from my grandmother, and an object from my great-grandmother to take all of that to the Redwood Forest.”
So Peck headed out for California, ashes in tow on his bike, in June. Gambony isn’t totally sure why he chose the Redwoods, but knows it has meaning to him and to their family history.
Gambony says earlier this month, he arrived in Albuquerque. He had been in contact every day since leaving.
Then, something happened in the Duke City.
“He’s carrying some art supplies with him and he said he was going to go to the Balloon Fiesta and just do some sidewalk painting,” she said.
The last text she received from him was early in the morning on Oct. 3. Since then there has been nothing.
“I’m hoping that he’s still OK and that the ashes are still OK and that the journey is still on,” Gambony said. “But of course our fear is that something has happened to him.”
Peck is no longer answering his phone and his voicemail is full.
Last she was told, Peck was camping near the Love’s Travel Stop near I-40 and Atrisco Vista. He told Gambony he was debating between heading West along I-40 or following I-25 south to the I-10 junction in Las Cruces.
“I’m very hopeful that he’ll be found,” she said, admitting she also, at times, is in despair about the situation.
She reached out to Albuquerque Police, who she says told her they’ll try to locate Peck’s cellphone. APD confirmed they are searching for Peck but wouldn’t elaborate further.
Gambony provided these characteristics to help identify Peck:
- He has 2 IDs: Oregon and veteran
- Riding a “Specialized” brand bike
- Long dark/grey hair, generally pulled back in a ponytail
- Hazel/green eyes
- About 5’7″
- 160 lbs
- American flag on bike, signs on bike: “Help a Veteran” & “Traveling is good for the Soul”