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Adam Joseph Herrman
Missing since July 1, 1999 from Towanda, Kansas
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Adam Herrman disappeared from the Pine Ridge mobile home park in Towanda, where he lived with his adoptive parents.
Authorities took Adam and his siblings from their biological mother's home after alleged abuse. Adam and two younger siblings were adopted by the Herrmans. Adam was adopted by the Herrmans when he was 2 1/2 years old.
The adoptive family claims Adam had a history of running away. They say they assumed he had found one of his siblings or went back to his biological parents, and they never reported him as missing. A tip to the missing and exploited child unit in 2008, led to the investigation. Investigators have not confirmed whether Adam had a history of running away. The boy was being home-schooled at the time he disappeared. Investigators have not found any confirmed data on Adam's whereabouts since 1999.
Over time, his adoptive parents have told relatives that the state took the boy back or that he ran away. Court records show that as late as 2003 -- about four years after Adam might have gone missing -- his adoptive parents listed him in their divorce case, later dismissed.
Adam's birth name is Irvin Groeninger III.
Foul play is suspected.
Investigators Butler County Sheriff's Office
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Butler County Sheriff's Office
Agency Case Number: 08-10905
NCMEC #: NCMC1111545
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
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