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Reward doubled in Kansas 1999 missing person case

The reward is now $100,000 in the case of a boy who went missing in Kansas in 1999.
By Sheila Stogsdill, For The Oklahoman Published: June 26, 2014

The reward has been doubled to $100,000 for information about a person missing since 1999 and whose parents are considered “persons of interest” in his disappearance. The parents live in a Grand Lake mobile home park.

“An anonymous donor has doubled the reward money from $50,000 for information leading to the whereabouts of Adam Joseph Herrman,” said Kelly Herzet, the Butler County, Kan, sheriff.

In December, the same anonymous donor offered $50,000.

“We received several calls and detectives are following up on these leads from the first reward offer,” Herzet said.

Adam Herrman was 11 when he was last seen at a mobile home park in Towanda, Kan., about 25 miles northeast of Wichita, where he lived with his adoptive parents, Doug and Valerie Herrman. Authorities in Butler County conducted several searches of the mobile home park and nearby areas.

Adam’s disappearance was not reported to authorities until 2008, after a relative could not locate him.

The Herrman couple said he ran away. They told authorities they did not report his disappearance because they feared they would lose custody of him and other children. Relatives said Valerie Herrman told them Adam Hermann, who was homeschooled, had been returned to state custody.

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