Adam Herrman case goes to prosecutors

The case of a then-11-year-old Kansas boy whose disappearance went unreported for nearly a decade is now in the hands of a prosecutor.

The Butler County Sheriff's Office said Monday it has presented its investigation to the county attorney for review and possible charges.

"I feel there is enough to charge the parents....I see charges there," said Butler County Sheriff Craig Murphy during a news conference.

The sheriff declined to speculate about what charges might be brought against the adoptive parents.

Adam Herrman was living with his adoptive parents, Valerie and Doug Herrman, when he disappeared in 1999 at age 11 from a mobile home park in Towanda, about 25 miles northeast of Wichita.

Jan Satterfield, the Butler County Attorney, could not be reached for comment early Monday afternoon.

She has told The Eagle in the past that Adam's adoptive parents are suspects in an investigation that could lead to murder charges, based on an underlying crime of child abuse.

The Herrmans say they are innocent, claiming the boy was a frequent runaway.

Warner Eisenbise, the Wichita attorney representing Valerie Herrman, has said that it is possible that she could be charged with child abuse or not reporting Adam missing - but not murder.