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    WA - Jeffrey Allen Klungness, 14, Sumner, 2 March 1996

    Missing Since
    : March 2, 1996 from Bonney Lake, Washington
    : Endangered Missing
    Date Of Birth
    : December 9, 1981
    : 14 years old
    Height and Weight
    : 5'10 - 5'11, 155 - 160 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics
    : Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Jeffrey slouches when he is walking. He may use the names Jeffrey Haynes and/or Stanley Ipkiss. Jeffrey is dyslexic and has a speech impediment.
    Clothing/Jewelry Description
    : A green short-sleeved shirt, green pants and tennis shoes.

    Details of Disappearance

    Jeffrey's mother, Susan Klungness, was found deceased inside of their family's mobile home in the 20400 block of east 113th Street in Bonney Lake, Washington near Sumner on March 2, 1996. She had been killed by a blow to the head. Investigators believe she was beaten with a blunt object while sitting in an armchair in the living room. A trail of blood lead from the chair to her bedroom; she either crawled into the bedroom or was dragged there.

    Jeffrey's father, Ron Klungness, came home from work between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m. and found the door to the residence unlocked and the television on. He tried to open his bedroom door and could not. He was able to open it at 6:30 p.m. and found Susan's body slumped against the door, holding it shut. Ron's gold watch and about $700 in cash had disappeared from the home. Jeffrey was also missing and has never been heard from again. His father last spoke to him by phone at 9:30 that morning.

    Ron says he and Susan, who had been married for fifteen years by the time of her death, had a troubled marriage and had separated once before. Their arguments distressed Jeffrey. He developed anger problems before his disappearance and damaged his bedroom door so badly it had to be replaced. He was attending a private school at the time of his disappearance and doing better academically than he had been before. His father describes him as a shy but basically normal teenager.

    Martin S. "Marty" Malcolm, then 41, was employed as a handyman at the time and he claimed he discovered Susan's body on the day of her death. Malcolm told authorities that he panicked and drove away in Susan's maroon Toyota Camry station wagon with license plates numbered 093GHZ; the car was found abandoned at 4:00 a.m. the next day at a convenience store in Auburn, Washington. Malcolm turned himself into police that same day. He admitted withdrawing $300 dollars from Susan's bank account the day of her murder and says he spent it all at the Muckleshoot Casino that same evening. Martin was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property. He was sentenced to 45 days in jail and has since been released. He has hired an attorney, refused to take a lie detector test, and will not speak to investigators about Susan and Jeffrey's cases.

    Neighbors reportedly told investigators that Malcolm was seen with Jeffrey shortly before the child vanished. He says he took Jeffrey to get a haircut at 11:30 a.m. Shortly afterwards, a surveillance camera at a drive-through bank automated teller machine (ATM) showed Malcolm driving Susan's Toyota. There was no obvious sign of Jeffrey in the car, but a woman waiting in line behind Malcolm says she saw a "young person" in the car with him. Malcom says he returned Jeffrey to his home at 12:30 p.m. and left to run an errand. He returned to the Klungness residence at 2:00 p.m. and found Susan's murdered and Jeffrey missing.

    Malcolm was a known friend of Jeffrey's and often drove him places. He was becoming unwelcome in the Klungness home by March 1996 because he spent so much time there and never put any gasoline in their car after he drove it. Malcolm has never been charged in connection with Susan's homicide or Jeffrey's disappearance. Malcolm had been convicted of second-degree murder in 1980; he killed his estranged wife. He was released from prison in 1992.

    Police are interested in locating Ron's watch, which disappeared after Susan's homicide. It is a Seiko Quartz with a gold finish and the serial number SGF 206. It is engraved with Ron's name and a message thanking him for thirty years of service with Boeing. Authorities believe the watch was taken by whoever murdered Susan and was possibly sold afterwards.

    An extensive search of the Bonney Lake area turned up few clues as to Jeffrey's whereabouts. He enjoys playing the game Magic. Investigators do not believe Jeffrey ran away from home, as he is not used to being on his own and it seems likely that he would have been in contact with his loved ones or the police eventually if he had left of his own accord. He is not considered a suspect in Susan's murder. Foul play is suspected in his disappearance.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Tacoma Police Department
    Charley Project

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    Bumping for Jeffrey. Missing 15 years today.

    I don't understand why this case never caught on. This Marty Malcolm fellow, already convicted of murder in 1980, seems a pretty likely suspect. He was the last person to see Jeffrey, and he found his mother's body. Hoping for answers for Jeffrey's family after 15 long years.

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    Washington State
    Thank you for the thread, SWMNBN! What a strange case.

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    Ontario, Canada
    Does anyone else think it's bizarre that Malcolm was a 'known friend' of Jeffery's? Exactly how much time was a 41yo man with teenager? That part kind of sticks out...JMO
    ~Mekena Sarah Gracie Carmichael~
    West Elgin's Precious Angel

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    Dec 2009
    Western Washington
    Thank you for this thread. I live in Sumner where many of the reports are saying he is missing from, and never knew about this case. So close to home.

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    Dozens of South Sound children and juveniles have vanished over the years.


    Jeffrey Klungness, last seen at age 14 in 1996 – a suspected victim of foul play whose mother was found beaten to death in their Sumner-area home.

    More: www.thenewstribune.com/2012/01/26/1999524/the-hunt-must-go-on-for-teekah.html

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    *Bump* for Jeffrey.
    Missing 16 years today.

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    Jun 2012
    Longview, WA
    I really wish this case would have some kind of resolution. Doesn't Jeffrey's Dad want to find him and find out exactly what happened? It seems like LE would have some places to search since they know some places that MM went to that day. There are WAY too many missing kids in WA state and they need to be found.

  9. #9
    This Marty guy obviously has something to do with Jeffrey's disappearance...Poor Jeffrey

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    Jan 2011
    Couldn't he have been a witness and run away out of fear or shame? Or - and I hate to say that - have something to do, or thought he had something to do, with his mother's death?

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    Maybe that Marty guy was such a big influence on Jeffrey that he manipulated him into helping him with his mother's murder.

    But what happened to Jeffrey in all the following years? It's possible he went into hiding somewhere, or Marty wanted him to be silent about the murder case forever and harmed him as well.

    And what did become of Marty?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MagnoliaMountain View Post
    Maybe that Marty guy was such a big influence on Jeffrey that he manipulated him into helping him with his mother's murder.
    yes that is what I thought too. And it is intriguing his father specified he had a bad temper. it seems to me there is rarely that kind of detail in missing person description.

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    Jan 2014
    Puerto Rico
    Is Martin S. "Marty" Malcolm still alive? I can't find anything on him on the internet.

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    Jeffrey is still missing after 20 years. What a strange case.

    According to NamUs he may use the aliases Stanley Ipkiss or Jeffrey Haynes.

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