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Friday, April 18, 2014

Authorities reviewing findings in missing boy case

BY STAN FINGER
The Wichita Eagle

Butler County investigators today are reviewing their findings from the Wednesday search of a rural Sedgwick County home as they attempt to find out what happened to Adam Herrman.

The investigators, along with Wichita police, served a search warrant on a small gray house in the 10300 block of North 109th Street West, which is the former mobile home of Adam's adoptive parents, Doug and Valerie Herrman, when they lived in Towanda in 1999.

Relatives of the boy say the house is where they last saw Adam in 1999. His adoptive parents say he ran away that year and they did not report it to authorities or case workers.

Butler County Sheriff Craig Murphy said the search was conducted because investigators had never seen the inside of the residence, so they could not talk intelligently about the house while working the case.

Investigators took photographs and drew diagrams of the house, he said. They also verified verbal information they had received.

What Murphy called "the next major activity" in the case will come Saturday, when investigators plan to search the banks of the Whitewater River west of Towanda on foot and with dogs.

The area is a popular fishing spot and a place where children like to explore, Murphy said. Authorities are trying to "think everywhere we can" where Adam might have gone if he did run away.

Adam would be 21 today if he is still alive, and authorities have released an age-progressed image of what he might look like.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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