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Reward in Adam Herrman case doubled to $100,000

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, June 26, 2014, at 3:21 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, June 26, 2014, at 5:24 p.m.


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An anonymous donor has doubled the reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case of Adam Herrman, the 11-year-old boy who went missing 14 years ago, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday.

The reward is now $100,000, Sheriff Kelly Herzet said.

“Hopefully, we can get some arrests made – or get a tip to where the body could be,” Herzet said. “I just don’t believe he’s alive …”

Authorities didn’t learn the boy was missing until 2008 – nine years after his adoptive parents, Doug and Valerie Herrman, say he ran away from home. The Herrmans failed to report Adam missing out of fear, they have said, that their other children would be taken away.

A $50,000 reward was announced on Dec. 13.

“We generated quite a few leads on the case” after the reward was initially announced, “which is helping get the case where we need it to be,” Herzet said.

Herzet said he hopes the increased reward will spur additional leads.

Anyone with information related to the case is encouraged to call sheriff’s investigators at 316-322-4257.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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