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MN CHRISTOPHER KERZE: Missing from Eagan, MN - 20 April 1990 - Age 17

Discussion in 'Missing 1990 to 1999' started by Scorpio, Nov 29, 2016.

  1. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

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    Details of Disappearance:

    Christopher stayed home from school on April 20, 1990. He said he was sick, and his parents left him alone at their residence in Eagan, Minnesota. When they came home, the family's light blue 1988 Dodge Caravan was gone, the family dog was running around loose, and there was a note on the kitchen table from Christopher reading:
    Mom, Something important came up + feeling somewhat better. Back by six. (Unless I get lost.) Love, Chris

    The word "lost" in the note was underlined twice.

    Christopher never arrived home and has never been heard from again. The next day, a handwritten note arrived at his parents' home, postmarked Duluth, Minnesota. The note said Christopher had lied about being sick so he could use the family's car to get away "to not even I know where." He said he intended to commit suicide and apologized for hurting his family and loved ones. The day after that, two days after Christopher was last seen, the Dodge Caravan was found abandoned on the roadside in Itasca County in northern Minnesota, near the George Washington State Forest and the Chippewa National Forest, about twenty miles north of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Christopher's grandparents lived in Grand Rapids. An extensive search of the area turned up no indication of his whereabouts. Prior to his disappearance, Christopher hadn't given any indications there were problems in his life. He was an excellent student who'd been invited to join the National Honor Society and was a National Merit Scholar semi-finalist, and he was a member of his school's swimming team and played the clarinet. His other hobbies included skiing, camping, laser tag and computers. Christopher was carrying his father's 1954 to 1956 model Mossberg 20-gauge bolt-action shotgun with a three-shell clip at the time of his disappearance, but he apparently didn't take any ammunition with him. Authorities believe the gun may have been abandoned somewhere in rural Minnesota and was possibly found later by a hunter. Photos of a similar gun, and watch similar to what Christopher was wearing, are posted below this case summary. Investigators would like to hear from anyone who found such a gun in 1990 or afterwards.

    In 2004, the Eagan police received an anonymous letter postmarked Seattle, Washington that said they should stop trying to find Christopher and he would come home when he was ready. Authorities were unable to determine who sent the letter or if it was a legitimate communication, but they won't close the missing persons case until they can verify Christopher's whereabouts and well-being. His case remains unsolved and many agencies classify it as a runaway.

    Left: Closeup of shotgun;
    Right: Shotgun and watch

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  2. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

    After 26 Years, Christopher Kerze's Parents Have Renewed Hope He Could be Found


    The news about the break in the Jacob Wetterling case this past summer has given the families of other missing children hope they may finally get answers, too. Christopher Kerze disappeared from his family's home in Eagan in 1990 and hasn't been seen since. Of all the children missing in Minnesota, Chris Kerze is the only one featured in a music video.

    "Runaway Train" by Minneapolis' own Soul Asylum showed the photographs and names of missing children. The video was released three years after Chris drove away from his parent's home in Eagan. "Of course it gave us hope” Chris' mother Loni Kerze said. “Anything that got the message out there that you're missing your son and you want him back, that's good."

    The story of Chris Kerze's disappearance is one of pain, intrigue and mystery. The last time Loni and Jim Kerze saw their son was Friday, April 20, 1990. They left in the morning, but 17-year-old Chris said he was sick and stayed home from school. That night he was gone and so was the family van. The next day they reported him missing. On Sunday, the van was found more than 200 miles away, north of Grand Rapids at the Laurentian Divide wayside rest on Highway 38. On Monday, the Itasca County Sheriff's Office searched the area with dogs. Soon after, Jim Kerze says a letter arrived from Duluth. "That was his last communication with us. And basically it said I'm not coming home." Then, Jim says the phone calls began. "Now there was a person who called us from northern Minnesota, who hedged around the fact he picked up somebody on Highway 38 around that time and they took him to Duluth."

    Within a week, they started getting hang up calls at the house. "So we'd pick up the phone” Jim said. “There would be a noise in the background, often it would sound like a party. We would try to talk and there would be a hang up." Loni believes it had to be their lost son on the other end of the line. “And that's what I'm guessing, because we never had calls like that before. And his best friend, our neighbor kid, was also getting hang up calls," she said. The Kerze’s even worked with police to put a tracer on the phone to track the calls, but no luck. The hang-up phone calls went on for an agonizingly long six months. Then they stopped, and seemingly, so did leads in the investigation, for decades.

    That changed a year ago with the bombshell news that a person of interest had been named in the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling. Jim says it gave them optimism. "Yes, in that respect it gives you renewed hope. You know, 26 years after the fact that still, it's still possible."
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  3. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

    Christopher is one of 13 Missing children shown in Soul Asylum's Runaway Train music video.
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    Scorpio Bronze Member

  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Mother Has Message for Missing Son

    Today marks the 44th birthday for Christopher Kerze, who went missing from Eagan April 20, 1990 when he was 17-years-old.

    After he went missing, his parents received a note allegedly from Kerze postmarked from Duluth.

    In the note he mentioned a desire to commit suicide.

    A few days later his parents van, which he allegedly took, was found in Itasca County.

    This week his mother left a heartfelt message on social media for her lost son, which you can find here.

    If you have any information on Kerze, contact law enforcement.



    Ok, maybe that won't work. Click on the article above where it's underlined "here".
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  6. On the twentieth of April 1990, Christopher Kerze stayed home from school after complaining of a headache. He was seventeen and was a bright student. When his parents arrived home, he was gone. He'd left a note explaining that he was feeling better and was going out and would be home at six, unless he got lost. The family Dodge Caravan was missing, as was their O. F. Mossberg & Sons 20-gauge shotgun, but he took no ammunition. The next day, the family received a letter postmarked Duluth, Minnesota. It explained he's faked the illness to get access to the car and that he planned to kill himself. Two days after the letter, the car was found without Kerze.

    His vital statistics are the following:
    Missing Since: April 20, 1990 from Eagan, Minnesota
    Classification: Endangered Runaway
    Date Of Birth: February 19, 1973
    Age: 17 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'11, 135 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Kerze had facial acne at the time of his 1990 disappearance. He wears eyeglasses or contact lenses. Kerze's feet point outward while he is walking. He has a one-inch scar on his forehead near the hairline and a small red birthmark on the bottom of his foot. His nicknames are Chris and Rick-o.
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: A long acid-washed blue denim trenchcoat, a large black cotton sweatshirt, blue Bugle Boy jeans with pockets at the knees, brown leather boat shoes, and a zebra-striped Swatch watch.

    Rule out:
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  7. Kimster

    Kimster Administrator Staff Member

    Such a sad story. I sure wish he would be found so his family can have closure. :tears:
  8. Looking4you

    Looking4you Active Member

    Very sad. And definitely makes you wonder...
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  9. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Search Continues For Minnesota Man Missing Since 1990

    The Minnesota community still has hope in finding Christopher Kerze who's been missing for almost 30 years. The first search of the year was done in Grand Rapids Saturday by several agencies.

    Authorities have been searching for years now. A van Kerze drove was last seen in the Laurentian Divide wayside rest on Highway 38 in 1990.

    "We always wish for hope too, making sure that we do get closure and we do close the case and that we give the family some type of relief," Mark Greiner, the Itasca County Sheriff's Office investigator, said.

    "We still love him. And I'm still looking for him. I want to open the door and say Mom, and say Chris, and just give him a big hug,” Loni Kerze, mother of Christopher Kerze, said.

    Twenty-eight years later, there’s still hope.

    The search was done in partnership with the Itasca County Sheriff's office, Itasca County Search and Rescue team, Eagan Police Department, Minnesota DNR Conservation officers, and volunteers.

    "We have more technology today in search and rescue than we did back in 1990 and even in 2004,” Greiner said.

    “With our search and rescue team that we have in Itasca, we feel confident that we're giving the best effort with the equipment and the trained personnel to try to close this case for Eagan Police Department and the family," Greiner said.

    "We want people's memories to be jogged. Around that time period of 1990, or even now, to try and remember some of the items he had with him," Aaron Machtemes, an officer with Eagan Police Department, said.

    Christopher took a 20 gauge Mossberg bolt action shotgun when he left. He was also wearing a zebra patterned watch.

    "Knowing that there was a possible weapon involved with this incident back from 1990, they're armed with metal detectors looking for any evidence of trying to possibly locate a firearm," Greiner said.

    The unity of the community remains strong, in hope of giving the Kerze family peace and closure.

    "We don't give up on cold cases. We’re always willing to partake in making sure that we’re doing every best effort to making sure that families get closure in these type of cases," Greiner said.

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