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CA KRISTI KREBS: Missing from Fort Bragg, CA - 9 August 1993 - Age 22

Discussion in 'Missing 1990 to 1999' started by Scorpio, Nov 23, 2016.

  1. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

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    Details of Disappearance:

    Krebs departed from place of employment, Round Table Pizza, on August 9, 1993 in Fort Bragg, California. She never arrived at her family's residence and has not been heard from again. Krebs's red Toyota Tercel was discovered abandoned in a shallow creek in MacKerricher State Park shortly after her disappearance. Her wallet, driver's license, bra and panties were found inside her car, but there was no sign of her at the scene. Krebs's car stereo was missing from her vehicle at the time of its discovery. A woman matching Krebs's description was seen hitchhiking along Highway 20 out of Fort Bragg shortly after her disappearance. Authorities have been unable to confirm if the individual was Krebs.

    Krebs had been receiving medical treatment at the time of her disappearance for emotional difficulties. She experienced an eerily similar incident involving her car becoming stuck in an area near her home in May 1990, three years prior to her disappearance. That previous situation apparently served as the catalyst for a psychotic breakdown Krebs experienced. She was hospitalized multiple times over the next six months and was under medical supervision. Her therapists advised her to go back to work, but only part time. Krebs did well, and she increased her work hours at Round Table Pizza and took a second job at a fast food restaurant. She was working ten or twelve hours a day as a result. It is possible that Krebs overloaded herself with stress and became disoriented when her vehicle became trapped the night she vanished.

    Krebs had wandered away from her car during the previous incident and was discovered by passersby shortly after leaving the scene. She was disoriented and required medical attention at the time. It is possible that similar circumstances occurred when her vehicle became trapped prior to her disappearance.

    A driver told authorities that she picked up a hitchhiker who matched Krebs's description later in August 1993. The driver said that she met the hitchhiker in Salt Lake City, Utah and dropped her off at a McDonald's restaurant in Park City, Utah. The driver said that her passenger was in a state of euphoria at the time. Authorities are not certain if the unidentified woman was Krebs, but it is possible that she is hitchhiking in Utah, California, Nevada and Texas. Foul play is possible in her case.

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  2. Scorpio

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    Details: Kristi Krebs graduated from high school in 1989 and soon began working full time at a local restaurant in Fort Bragg, California. She soon, however, became obsessed with a married man that she worked with. She began playing scenarios in her head as if they were married and had children.

    On the night of April 20, 1990, she began driving around Redwood Forest in California when her car got stuck in the mud. Unable to get out, she began to lose her sanity. Suddenly, the car caught fire, but she was able to escape just in time; she then had an apparent mental breakdown and vanished. The next morning, she was found dazed and confused walking along railroad tracks. Her parents then had her admitted to a hospital but were uncertain if she would ever be the same. She was diagnosed as having a psychotic and traumatic breakdown. Six months later, after several treatments, she was released from the hospital and was told to return to work but only part time. Three years would pass and everything seemed fine with her. On the night of August 9, 1993, she left work in high spirits and then drove to a nearby public beach. A ranger told her that she had to leave the beach and this was the last time anybody saw her. She apparently began traveling south and ended up in a similar situation as what had happened in 1990; she then apparently had a relapse. Tearing up her papers and identification, she then vanished into the woods again. This time, however, she vanished without a trace. Sightings began occurring throughout the western United States. On June 30, 1994, an off-duty highway patrol officer picked up a hitchhiker on a road 300 miles from where ger car was abandoned. The officer felt that there was something not right with the hitchhiker, and that she may have had mental issues. He also noticed that she had scars on her wrists and she said that she had a breakdown. She talked about various things that Kristi's family made them believe it was her. The officer later saw photographs of her and was convinced that it that he picked up was her. Her family is convinced that she is still alive and unaware of her identity.
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  4. Scorpio

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    MacKerricher State Park where Kristi's car was found abandoned, family photos located in her wallet were found ripped up.
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    Scorpio Bronze Member


    The authorities think that before she abandoned her car, Kristi changed into a gym outfit that she always carried with her. Her work clothes were found, sopping wet and neatly folded, on the backseat. mThe next morning, a full-scale search was launched, but there was no trace of Kristi. However, over the next few months, several sightings were reported in Texas, then in Salt Lake City, and finally, a year later, in California.

    On June 30, 1994 , just outside the farming town of Visalia, California, an off-duty highway worker named Mike Case picked up a hitchhiker who looked like Kristi. Mike said it was 300 miles south of the spot where Kristi's car was abandoned: "At first, I thought possibly she was on some type of drugs. But talking with her a little bit at the beginning, I knew that possibly she was in a world of her own. I did happen to notice that there were two slash marks on her wrist. And I asked her directly, 'Well, what happened there?' And she said, 'I had a breakdown.'"

    Mike dropped Kristi off at an intersection near Hanford, California. A week later, he read an article about Kristi's disappearance and contacted her parents. They immediately sent photographs, which Mike reviewed: "I went through several of the pictures and my personal feeling was that this is the girl I picked up on the freeway. I'm positive that it is her. I'm positive.

    Kristi's mother is hopeful that Kristy is still alive: "I believe that Kristi is out there somewhere and that she's alive, because Kristi is a survivor. She has a lot of strength. She's very friendly. I believe that she would not be a loner, that she would hook up with someone."

    Kristi's parents now believe one of the most credible sightings is from a woman who picked up a girl hitchhiking between Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah. The woman was able to describe details about her clothing that had never been released to the public.
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  6. Scorpio

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    Fort Bragg parents use technology to look for missing daughter


    In the months after their 22-year-old daughter disappeared in 1993, Fort Bragg residents Bob and Susan Krebs distributed thousands of fliers with her photo around the state in the hope someone had seen her. Now, after 18 years, technology offers new ways of getting out word that they're still looking.

    A photo showing what Kristi Krebs might look like today was developed recently by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Her parents hope it will reach someone who has crossed her path or who knows what became of her.

    Police are hopeful, too.

    "I'm optimistic that either she's out there somewhere, or somebody knows something about it," said Fort Bragg Police Officer Jeanine Gregory, who requested the forensic age-progression photo on behalf of the department. "We think she's out there," Bob Krebs said. "We don't have any reason to think that she's not."

    Kristi Krebs, who would be 41 now, was a young woman with psychological problems when she vanished the night of Aug. 9, 1993. Though recovering in the months before she disappeared, she'd had a psychotic break a few years earlier and may have drifted back into her own world at the time she vanished. After leaving work at Round Table Pizza that night, she drove into the Woodlands Campground outside Fort Bragg where her Toyota Tercel became stuck in a creek bed, authorities said.

    There were signs she'd struggled to get the car out, and perhaps gone into a rage. The headlights were broken, some photographs and her identification were torn up in the car, and there was a small amount of blood. The radio was ripped out, as well. The incident was similar to an earlier occasion in which Kristi got a car stuck in the mud in the woods, and it burst into flames. When the charred remnants were found, Kristi was gone. When she was spotted the next morning some distance away on the Skunk Train tracks, she was in a daze that signaled her break-down and months of amnesia.

    Three years later, police found wet clothes in the Tercel — traded, her parents believe, for some pink shorts and a shirt she would have had in the car for the gym workouts. They're convinced a hitchhiker in pink shorts seen in town a day or two later was their daughter. Eight months later, a Utah woman contacted them after seeing a flier about Kristi. The woman described a hitchhiker in pink shorts in Salt Lake City the previous August, providing the kind of detail the Krebs say distinguished her report as more credible than the hundreds of others that never panned out.

    The woman had Kristi's walk down, the smile that revealed her upper gums, and other mannerisms like the way she licked her lips and called herself "the happiest girl in the world." She also described the hitchhiker's euphoria and belief she was on her way to get married, as well as her conviction that people were after her and that returning home would put her parents at risk.

    Police have never ruled out foul play but have not made public any specific evidence indicating Krebs was a victim, either. Gregory noted that the coastal woods were searched several times with trained dogs and no trace of her was found.

    In the meantime, replays of segments about her case on TV programs like "Unsolved Mysteries" have continued to generate tips from folks around the country — especially the Midwest and the East Coast — who think they've seen or known her, Fort Bragg Police Sgt. Brandon Lee said. As recently as December, a woman contacted authorities saying she believes she'd worked with Kristi in South Carolina, even remembering a deformed right thumb, one of Kristi's distinguishing features, Lee said. Many in the Fort Bragg police department grew up in the area and knew Kristi, so they take the unsolved case personally, he said.Reviewing cold cases in recent months, Gregory thought it made sense to see what more could be done to move the case forward, and she sought help developing a new image.

    Police and the Krebses believe there's a possibility that Kristi lost her memory as she did when she first exhibited psychological problems or that perhaps she's been having contact with mental health personnel. If so, those mental health professionals might be prevented from contacting her parents on their own because of patient confidentiality. "We would just like them to communicate with her that we love her and we would like to hear from her, and then we could go from there," Bob Krebs said.

    The Krebs have other children — three grown sons and five grandkids — and "have gone on with our lives," he said. The retired elementary school teacher and his wife have stayed in Fort Bragg, hoping some day Kristi might find them.

    "You never know what little thing could trigger it," he said said.

    Krebs was about 5-foot-2 and weighed 135 to 140 pounds when she disappeared. She had blue eyes, light brown hair and a fair complexion. She also had a deformed right thumb. Anyone who believes they have seen her should contact a local law enforcement agency or Fort Bragg Police at 961-2800.
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  7. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member


    Take a good look at this age progression of Kristi. It's very likely she's alive. It's possible she might have been treated as a Jane Doe at a hospital due to her condition.

    Recent sightings of Kristi have been reported from the Midwest to the East Coast. She has reportedly worked in South Carolina.
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  8. MissyMoo

    MissyMoo Bronze Member

    Thanks Scorpio.
    Those beautiful photos of Kristi sure hide the inner pain and sadness she was going through. Great smile.
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  9. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Thank you all so much for remembering these cold cases! Prayers that they will ALL be found. I often pray they will invent some kind of technology that will help bring them home!
  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Where is Kristi Krebs?
    Parents still have hope in unsolved case

    Kristi Krebs went missing from Fort Bragg on Aug. 9, 1993, at the age of 22. Though she has been missing for more than 25 years, the circumstances of her disappearance, a chance encounter in Utah and Kristi’s own buoyant determination leads her family to hold out hope that she is alive.

    On the day of her disappearance, she left her job at Round Table Pizza in Fort Bragg in high spirits, but never made it home. Her vehicle was found abandoned in the woods, stuck in the mud. Despite an exhaustive search and media coverage spanning decades, important details of the case remain somewhat unknown and under-reported. Her parents, Bob and Susan Krebs, feel a reported sighting of Kristi a few days after her disappearance by a woman in Salt Lake City is the most vital tip they’ve received.

    “Because of the way things were laid out, we’ve kind of just had to live with people thinking that she was dead,” said Susan Krebs. “It would be nice to have something accurate put out there.”

    MORE: https://www.advocate-news.com/2019/05/09/where-is-kristi-krebs/
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