Archive for January 1st, 2009

Casey Anthony is alleged to have waited five weeks to tell anyone her daughter Caylee was missing. In Towanda, Kansas, apparently it has taken someone nine years to report a 11-12 year old boy “missing”, according to Butler County Sheriff Craig Murphy. Authorities have not released the child’s identity which is why a quick search of the NCMEC displays no children listed who are the approximate age of the child or who went missing in 1999 except for April Wiss or Tabitha Brewer.

El Dorado, Kan.
Butler County Sheriff’s Officers, along with assistance from the Sedgwick County K-9 Unit, are searching just south of the city of Towanda today for clues in a case of a missing boy.

The search was prompted by a call to the Missing Children Hotline in Wichita about three weeks ago.

The boy, thought to be around age 11 or 12, went missing in 1999, but was not reported missing until now, according to Butler County Sheriff Craig Murphy.


Update 01-03-09 The Wichita Eagle is reporting the missing chid was either taken by the State or was an unreported runaway from his adoptive parents.

One answer found in missing-boy case

His name is Adam Joseph Herrman.
He came to his foster parents when he was about 2, and a few years later they adopted him and his two younger siblings, says a relative.
And then, in 1999, when he was around 11 or 12, he may have disappeared while living in Towanda, Butler County Sheriff Craig Murphy has said.
Over time, his adoptive parents have told relatives that the state took the boy back or that he ran away, according to the relative, who asked not to be named.


Apparently that isn’t the same story they have been telling all relatives according to his biological sister.

Update 01-05-09 Biological family demands answers after boy disappears 10 years ago

“How does he go missing for ten years and no one says anything about it until last month?” asked Tiffany Broadfoot. She’s the biological sister of Adam Herrman.
Adam and two other siblings of Broadfoot were adopted by Doug and Valerie Herrman after parental rights were stripped from their biological parents. Both of the biological parents have since moved away from Kansas.
“I feel that if they weren’t taken away – and I’m not pointing any fingers at anybody – but this wouldn’t have happened,” said Irvin Groeninger, Adam’s biological father. “I don’t understand why he’s been gone for 9 years and nobody reported it. It knocked me for a loop.”


Update 01-05-09

BUTLER COUNTY, Kansas – Butler County officials said in a press conference Monday they still do not know what happened to Adam Hermann, of Towanda, when he disappeared nearly 10 years ago.
Monday they said they found one answer they were looking for in the investigation, but would not say what that is. They did say that no human remains were found on the property they searched in Towanda last week and they do not know if Adam is dead or alive.
Butler County Sheriff's Office

Butler County Sheriff's Office

The NCMEC has released this photo which has been “age-progressed” to 21 years. (View photo).

Relatives say missing boy was abused

Not surprisingly, Adoptive mother denies she abused missing boy but admits in the article she continued to accept $700 per month in accept state adoption subsidies payments for Adam until his 18th birthday. She says she didn’t report him missing because she feared authorities would remove his siblings. It isn’t clear if that would have resulted in a loss of income had that happened.

When did it become ok for a child to runaway from home and the parents not be responsible; biological, adoptive or otherwise? Could they not report him as a runaway whether they felt any responsibility or not for his actions?

Lawyer: Adoptive parents had nothing to do with boy’s disappearance

Adam’s Sister: Tip On Missing Boy From Her

Kansas SRS confirms the investigation into Adam Herrman began with Crystal’s questions about Adam.  An SRS spokeswoman says once SRS realized that Adam was missing, case workers contacted the Exploited and Missing Children’s Unit with Wichita police and the investigation started.

The spokeswoman says SRS is now going through all paperwork with cases involving the Herrman’s, trying find more information.  She says case workers should have all the files read in about a week.

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) may have been down this path before but under less scrutiny.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A boy whose disappearance went unreported for 10 years was once taken away from his adoptive parents, then returned days later, Kansas’ social services agency said Thursday.

Adam Herrman was in protective custody for two days in 1996 after a report of physical abuse, said Michelle Ponce, spokeswoman for the state Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. The boy was returned to his adoptive parents, Valerie and Doug Herrman, after authorities reviewed the evidence and found the report unsubstantiated.

“We are doing a thorough review of all our case records involving Adam and his family,” Ponce said.

Adoptive Parents Named as Suspects in Herrman Case

Valerie and Doug Herrman have moved from persons of interest to suspects in the Adam Herrman missing persons case.

Butler County Sheriff Craig Murphy confrims for KWCH the department is ready call Adam’s adoptive parents suspects, but says no charges have been filed and no arrests have been made.

According to Butler County Attorney Jan Satterfield, there is the potential for first degree murder charges.

Adam Herrman went missing from his Towanda home 10 years ago, but no one reported it until just last month. Several searches have been conducted in the last few weeks, but no human remains have been found.

Update 01-24-09: Search for missing boy to continue today along Whitewater River

Butler County investigators this morning planned to search again along the Whitewater River near Towanda for remains of Adam Herrman.

Adam disappeared in 1999, when he was 11, while living at a Towanda mobile home park. Investigators planned to look again along the Whitewater River, on the west side of town, Butler County Sheriff Craig Murphy has said.

As with a search for Adam earlier this month, investigators will be assisted by anthropology experts and search dogs, Murphy said.

Today’s search will be the second of three planned searches along the river, Murphy said.

The search was expected to begin around 8 a.m. and go farther south along the Whitewater, for about 2 miles.

Update 02-09-09 Search yields no clues in Herrman case

A third search along the Whitewater River failed to find clues that might solve the Adam Herrman mystery.

But Butler County Sheriff Craig Murphy didn’t sound discouraged after Saturday’s search for the boy who disappeared a decade ago at age 11. Murphy said the search is only one part of a methodical investigation.

“It’s a very hot case,” he said. “We have a lot of focus on it.”

Update 02-22-09

BUTLER COUNTY, Kansas – Butler County authorities conducted their last planned search for clues in the disappearance of Adam Herrman, a Towanda boy who went missing nearly 10 years ago.

Authorities began searching the area around the Towanda mobile home park where Adam lived when he went missing for the third time Saturday at 10 a.m. The search only lasted a short time on Saturday. It was the fourth search of the area in the last couple months.

“We’ve done everything we can do out here,” said Butler County Sheriff Craig Murphy.

Update 03-31-09:  Case of missing Kansas boy sent to prosecutor

EL DORADO – For the most part during a news conference Monday, Butler County Sheriff Craig Murphy declined to reveal his thinking about the mysterious disappearance of 11-year-old Adam Herrman.

Murphy summoned reporters after promising to notify them when his detectives turned their investigative findings over to County Attorney Jan Satterfield. That happened Friday, when detectives delivered a nearly 3-foot-tall stack of papers, he announced.

Now, it’s up to Satterfield to decide whether criminal charges will be brought against Adam’s adoptive parents a decade after he disappeared.

Although Murphy didn’t reveal much, he said this: “I feel there is enough to charge the parents — with what, is not up to me, and I’m not going to speculate on it. But I see charges there.”


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