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Have you seen me?

Steven Earl Kraft Jr. is one of the kidnappings/missing persons on the FBI’s most wanted list.

He was 12 years old when he was last seen near his residence in Benton Township, Michigan, on February 15, 2001. Steven was out walking his two dogs between the hours of 7 and 8 p.m. and failed to return home for dinner. Although his two dogs were subsequently located, Kraft has not been seen since then.

At the time, Steven was wearing a blue-green Charlotte Hornets basketball team jacket, a tan and white striped t-shirt, tan parachute pants, and black boots. He had sandy brown hair, green eyes, and was 5 feet 2 inches and 100 pounds.

He would now be 32 years old. The adult photo above was aged to about how he’d look at age 25.

He has ties to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Lexington, Kentucky.

If you have any information concerning this person, please contact a Crimes Against Children Investigator at your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. You may also contact the Benton Township Police Department (Michigan) at 1-269-926-8221 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-342-STOP (7867). To submit an anonymous tip, go to https://tips.fbi.gov/.

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Police search for missing man

Richard Lee Wymer is considered missing-endangered

Richard Lee Wymer

Police are searching for a 70-year-old Mecosta County man who went missing Sunday morning after shoveling his driveway.

According to police, Richard Lee Wymer, 70, was last in 7000 block of 10th Ave, in Wheatland Township, Remus, Michigan.

Wymer left around 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning, in his 2000 Suburban, and traveled northbound from his residence towards M-20. The vehicle is a gun metal gray-colored suburban, with some rust. It has a large Harley Davidson decal on rear window and most likely will have Trump MAGA hat on the dashboard. The license plate number is 9LMM66.

Wymer is described as a white male, about 6-foot 2, 240 pounds, with gray/silver shoulder length hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a flannel coat, light brown stocking hat, blue jeans, and had green boots on.

He left his wallet, credit cards, cash, and cell phone at home. His vehicle had approximately 1/3 of a tank of gas with minimal spare change in it, and it’s unknown if any other money was in the vehicle.

He spent most of his life in the Gratiot County area but does have property in the Mancelona area.

If you have information about their whereabouts, please call 911 or the Michigan State Police Post in Mount Pleasant at 989-773-5951.

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Rockford teen no longer missing

Maya Gabrielle Sippel has been missing since Monday, August 17, 2019.

UPDATE: Maya Sippel has been found safe.

ORIGINAL STORY: Police are searching for info on a teen girl last seen in Rockford.

Maya Gabrielle Sippel, 14, was last seen on Monday, August 17 when she left her residence on S. Main and E. Division in the City of Rockford. She reportedly left her residence in a small green vehicle with a loud exhaust. The driver of the vehicle is not known. 

Maya is a white female, 5 feet 1, 110 lbs, with black hair, brown eyes, and braces. She was wearing a sweatshirt and shorts of unknown color.

If you have information about their whereabouts, call 911 or the Rockford Department of Public Safety at (616) 866-9557.

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Missing CS grad found 30 years after disappearance


Charles “Chuck” Cornell graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1974. He disappeared from his Battle Creek apartment in 1986.

Charles “Chuck” Cornell graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1974. He disappeared from his Battle Creek apartment in 1986.

By Judy Reed

A former Cedar Springs family received some bittersweet closure last week on a 30-year-old mystery: where was their son and brother, Chuck Cornell? And it was DNA samples from the family that helped police solve the mystery.

Charles Cornell, a 1974 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, was the son of Pastor Richard and Hattie Cornell. Richard was pastor at Calvary Assembly of God, then located in Rockford. According to Chuck’s sister, Rachel Valkeo, Chuck was the third child in a family of six siblings.

“He was quiet, liked baseball and nice cars,” remembered Rachel, who is a younger sibling. She said some might remember him working at Great Day while in high school.

Charles “Chuck” Cornell served in the U.S. Army from 1975-1979.

Charles “Chuck” Cornell served in the U.S. Army from 1975-1979.

After graduation, Chuck joined the U.S. Army in 1975, and received an honorable discharge in 1979. Eventually, Chuck moved to Battle Creek, where he found employment. Rachel said that he had a few friends from high school he kept in touch with, and that he also had a girlfriend in Battle Creek. But as time went by, the family heard from him less and less.

So, on Chuck’s 30th birthday, in April of 1986, his parents drove to Battle Creek to see him. But what they found was an empty apartment that looked as if it had been vandalized.

Rachel said that other news articles have reported that the last time they saw Chuck was at his 30th birthday party. “That party never happened,” she said. “They drove down to see him for his birthday—but he wasn’t there.”

Richard and Hattie reported the empty apartment and vandalism to police and that their son was missing. And for 30 years, the family thought police were looking for him, just like they were. But they weren’t. Instead, they found out that law enforcement thought he was voluntarily missing and had no record of his disappearance.

“My mom and dad believed they had filed a missing persons report. But in May 2016, we found out it was never actually filed. Police didn’t believe any disruptions in the apartment showed he should be missing,” explained Rachel.

Richard passed away in 1991, without ever knowing what became of his son. But Hattie, who is now 88 and resides in Rockford, and the others still searched. In May of this year, when D/Sgt. Sarah Krebs, of Michigan State Police Missing Persons Coordination Unit heard about Cornell, she encouraged his family to file a police report. A detective at the MSP Post in Rockford then investigated, according to a news release from the MSP.

Hattie and one of Chuck’s sisters submitted DNA that was tested in a national database of unidentified remains.

The samples pointed the MSP to a 1989 John Doe case out of Arkansas, almost 900 miles from Battle Creek. Cornell had been walking on the highway and was struck by a semi-truck and killed. Recognizable photos, medical and dental records and fingerprints were on file, but the cases were not connected until the crucial DNA was submitted.

“Cases like this highlight the importance of families of missing people getting their DNA on file in CODIS. It is never too late,” said Krebs. “Without that link, the Cornell family may have never known what had happened to Charles.”

The family was told about the match on Tuesday, December 27.

Rachel said both she and her mother have mixed emotions about the news. “We don’t have a lot of answers. We have the main answer, but we are still trying to connect the dots.”

One of the things they would like to know, is why was Chuck in Arkansas? “If there is anyone out there who knows why he ended up there, we’d like to know,” said Rachel. She said they were unable to locate the girlfriend. “She had children of her own, I don’t think it was a super serious relationship.”

Rachel said she is working with other agencies and authorities to work out exactly what occurred and with the coroner in Arkansas to get Chuck’s body home. They can then hold a memorial service.

Rachel is grateful for the support from law enforcement in finding her brother. “The authorities in Michigan—Det. Denise Bentley and D/Sgt. Sarah Krebs—and all the authorities in Arkansas, have been a tremendous help to my family,” she said.

The MSP said that the Cornell case marks the 67th identification that the MSP Missing Persons Coordination unit has made, and the 32nd one by DNA alone.

For information on how family members can contribute DNA or report a missing person, email MSP-MissingPersons@michigan.gov.

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Ray Winnie
Intandem Credit Union


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