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    KS - Clifford Herl, 28, Trego County, 4 March 2005

    CLIFFORD LEON HERL

    Description:
    Alias/nickname:Leon
    Date of Birth 02/21/1977
    Date Missing: 03/04/2005
    From: Cedar Bluff Resevior Trego County Kansas
    Age at time of Disappereance:28
    Gender:Male
    Race:White
    Height 74 inches
    Weight:280 shoe size 16
    Hair color: brown with a goatee
    Eye Color: green and wears glasses
    Complexion :light
    Clothing: N/A

    Circumstances of Disappearance:
    Was suppose to be going to Tulsa Oklahoma for a job interview. His pickup personal identification and camping equipment were found at Cedar Bluff Resevoir on March 20th 2005. A person fitting his description was seen sitting in pickup on March 20th. Police impounded his pickup March 21st 2005. No one has seen him who knew him in person since March 4th 2005 in Liberal Kansas. He never made it to job interview.

    Investigative Agency:
    Sheriff Richard Schneider 1-785-743-5721

    Kansas Bureau Of Investigation:
    1-620-792-4354

    Photo of Leon and Truck:
    http://www.angelsmissing.com/forum/...ype=post&id=506

    http://www.angelsmissing.com/forum/...ype=post&id=507

  2. #2
    Deputies Search for Missing Liberal Man

    Audrey Martin
    KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
    Thursday, April 21, 2005

    A Liberal man goes missing after camping at Cedar Bluff Reservoir.

    Now, deputies search for his body.

    28-year-old Leon Herl went missing the weekend of March 20.

    Nearby campers say they say Herl camped at Cedar Bluff, and then suddenly went missing.

    When police looked into it, they found abandoned camping equipment and a shredded suicide note.

    Investigators in Trego County say they searched by ground and air this past weekend, but didn't find anything.

    Family members told our reporter in Hays, Herl now has longer, curly hair.

    They say they just want to know what happened to him so they can have closure.

    http://www.kbsd6.com/servlet/Satell...782289091&path=

  3. #3
    Family, friends searching for missing man

    By GEORGE DIEPENBROCK
    Southwest Daily Times
    MAY 13, 2005

    A former pressroom manager of the Southwest Daily Times has been missing since March 4 while his vehicle, personal identification and shredded notes were found at a northwest Kansas campground on March 20.

    Family members and law enforcement officers continue to search for clues of the possible whereabouts of Clifford Leon Herl, 28. Most people called him Leon.

    Herl, a 6-feet, 2-inch, 280-pound white male, was commonly recognized with brown hair, green eyes and a goatee or a full beard. He also wore glasses.

    While he worked at the Times in Liberal, Herl resided in Tyrone, Okla.

    According to information provided to the Times, Herl's sister, Carla Zudrow, who lives in Hays, said Herl was expected to travel in mid-March to Tulsa, Okla., for a job interview, which he never made.

    On March 21, authorities with the Trego County Sheriff's Department were notified of an abandoned vehicle near Cedar Bluff Reservoir. The department's undersheriff checked the vehicle and also found Herl's identification.

    "There was a report of a man acting strange that people saw the day before," Trego County Sheriff Richard Schneider said Thursday.

    Because the vehicle was on state property, Schneider said he turned the vehicle over to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. The sheriff's department continued to check on the vehicle off-and-on, he said.

    Schneider began to attempt to contact possible friends of Herl, and he eventually found friends who put him in touch with one of Herl's sisters who lives in Liberal. He advised Herl's sister to file a missing person's report.

    Eventually, investigators with the Liberal Police Department asked Schneider to search the area around where the vehicle was found.

    On April 15, about 20 searchers scoured about a 4-square-mile area of the camp site near Cedar Bluff Reservoir, Schneider said. An airplane flyover also encompassed the search that day. Officers with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Kansas Highway Patrol were involved in the search.

    The sheriff added that a helicopter search was performed the next day on April 16.

    "That's been the end of the trail," Schneider said.

    The sheriff also said investigators have not dragged the reservoir because Herl's truck was found about 2 miles from any water.

    "There's been nothing that tells us that he went to the lake," Schneider said.

    In an e-mail message to the Times, Zudrow, Herl's sister, wrote that she and her family just wanted to know Leon's whereabouts.

    "Leon, if you are reading this: we do care and are trying everything we can to find you. Please call someone and let us know you are OK," she wrote.

    Herl, who was promoted to head pressman at the Times in 2004, did not show up for work at the newspaper on Feb. 18, and his employment with the company was terminated nearly two weeks before his disappearance, Times Business Manager Joan Jackson said.

    "Leon was a good worker, very conscientious," Times Managing Editor Larry Phillips said. "But then something changed drastically. He stopped ordering printing supplies _ we found out later _ and then he just didn't come to work one day. No call, anything. This happened the next day, too.

    "His roommate in Tyrone didn't know what was going on either, he claimed anyway," Phillips continued.

    "Ironically, or maybe just coincidentally, the Times' office was robbed a week later, and someone with a door code gained entry as far as we can determine," Phillips said. "In my conversations with Trego County officers, Leon left some kind of letter in his pick-up _ though the sheriff couldn't release details of the note _ hinting Leon knew of something bad that had happened.

    "I'm afraid Leon knew something and someone didn't want him telling authorities. Knowing Leon's character _ he was a friend _ this whole thing doesn't pass the 'smell test,' as far as I'm concerned," Phillips added.

    The Trego County Sheriff said his department had found nothing to indicate that outside involvement was a factor in Herl's disappearance, but until more evidence came to light, the investigation would be treated as if other involvement was a possibility.

    "I don't think it's foul play, but we're treating it as it is," Schneider said.

    The sheriff added this morning that he believed evidence in the case, including shredded notes found in Herl's truck, pointed to him still being alive.

    "The facts don't say that he's dead," Schneider said.

    The police chief in Tyrone, Okla., where Herl lived, said Thursday that his department had not really been kept up to speed on the situation by Kansas authorities. He added that his department also has had little to do with the current investigation.

    The sheriff of the county in northwest Kansas with a population of just more than 3,000 said he will also check today on a report of a person living in a camp house about 8 miles from where Herl's truck was found.

    "We're doing our best, and we'd welcome any new information," Schneider said.

    Attempts to contact Liberal investigators were unsuccessful as of press time.

    Anyone with possible information about Herl may contact the Liberal Police Department at (620) 626-0141, the KBI at (620) 792-4354 or the Trego County Sheriff's Department at (785) 743-5721.

    http://www.swdtimes.com/swdtimes/20...305/story1.html

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    This is very sad. I can't imagine being so down as to want to end my life. I hope he is found OK and gets the help that he needs.
    Karen

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    Deputies now patrolling campsites for missing man

    By GEORGE DIEPENBROCK
    Southwest Daily Times
    MAY 18, 2005

    As part of a search for a missing former Southwest Daily Times pressroom manager, authorities in a northwest Kansas county have investigated at least two break-ins to cabins near a campground where the man was last seen.

    "My guys are patrolling out there now. We're just waiting for him to surface," Trego County Sheriff Rich Schneider said Tuesday.

    Last week, Schneider said he received a report of someone staying in a dormitory housing cabin about 8 miles from where authorities on March 20 found the vehicle of Leon Herl, 28, at the Cedar Bluff Reservoir, a Kansas park and wildlife area about 30 miles southwest of Hays.

    On Monday, Schneider said that he and the owners of the cabin searched the dwelling on Friday and found evidence that someone had used the cabin as residence. The occupant or occupants had likely not stayed within the building for at least one week, however, because of mold found forming on a drink inside, Schneider said.

    "Somebody had been in there for awhile, but we don't know if it was him for sure," Schneider said.

    The sheriff also said that handwriting similar to Herl's was found on floor plans in the cabin.

    Herl, a 6-2, 280-pound white male commonly recognized with brown hair, green eyes and a goatee or a full beard who wore glasses, has not had contact with any family members or friends since March 4, missing person reports indicate.

    Herl's sister, Carla Zudrow, who lives in Hays, said Herl was expected to travel in mid-March to Tulsa, Okla., for a job interview, which he never made.

    Schneider's undersheriff then found Herl's truck along with his identification and shredded notes on March 21 at a campsite near the reservoir. Officers of the Trego County Sheriff's Department along with Kansas Highway Patrol and Kansas Bureau of Investigation officers have since searched for Herl.

    The sheriff said Tuesday that his department also received a report that another cabin on the campgrounds has recently experienced a break-in. Along with all of the food in the building eaten, it appears a temporary resident used the dwelling, Schneider said.

    As the reports of campground break-ins increase along with increased seasonal fishing traffic at the reservoir, Schneider said he was confident Herl could be located soon.

    Last week, the sheriff cited information including a note found in Herl's truck that said he wanted to change items of his old life to new ones, which Schneider said led him to believe Herl remains alive.

    Herl was promoted to Times head pressman during 2004, and then his employment was terminated on Feb. 18 after a not showing up to work.

    While his missing person report was filed with the Liberal Police Department, Capt. John Hardy said Tuesday that because Herl's last known whereabouts were in Trego County, Schneider's department has handled the majority of the investigation.

    Herl resided in Tyrone, Okla., while he worked for the Times.

    In an e-mail message to the Times, Zudrow, Herl's sister, wrote that she and her family just wanted to know where Herl was.

    "Leon, if you are reading this: we do care and are trying everything we can to find you. Please call someone and let us know you are OK," she wrote.

    Anyone with possible information about Herl should contact the Trego County Sheriff's Department at (785) 743-5721, the Liberal Police Department at (620) 626-0141 or the KBI at (620) 792-4354.

    http://www.swdtimes.com/swdtimes/20...805/story2.html

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    Wow; this is an odd situation. It sounds like he may well be alive. If he is camping and moving about, he may not even know people are looking for him. I hope they find him soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheromom
    Wow; this is an odd situation. It sounds like he may well be alive. If he is camping and moving about, he may not even know people are looking for him. I hope they find him soon.
    or- he might not want to be found.

    If he was supposed to go to a job interview - then he would have
    to think that someone would be looking for him.

    And it's not like he's camping- they were at a cabin that had been broken into and someone stayed there.. if i am reading the article correctly.

    just my opinion.
    the break-in could also just be some teenagers having fun as well though.

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    Has anyone heard anything on this one? It is a strange one.

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    http://www.kbsd6.com/servlet/Satelli...33750415&path=


    Human remains found near Cedar Bluff

    Alana Rocha
    KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
    Monday, January 30, 2006

    Western Kansas authorities work to identify human remains found near Cedar Bluff Reservoir in Trego County. Pheasant hunters reported finding bones in a wildlife refuge area Sunday afternoon.

    Trego County Sheriff Rich Schneider says the bones were scattered. Investigators found a pair of jeans and a pair of glasses.

    Leon Herl was reported missing nearly a year ago. His flier shows him wearing glasses. Campers found the Liberal man's abandoned truck in the state park nearly a year ago. Last summer, Schneider said he'd found evidence Herl broke into an area camp -minutes from where these remains were found.


    Schneider says while it's a possibility it's Herl, they still don't even know the remains' gender or how long they've been there. "We're in the process right now of trying to get dental records and any type of medical records that will help us with the forensics of broken bones," said Schneider.

    The remains will now be sent for forensic analysis to Manhattan.

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    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...ford-leon-herl

    Link above to article dated Mar 2, 2006.

    I could find no other updates or if the body found was identified as of yet?
    "Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind." ~ Henry James


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...ford-leon-herl

    Link above to article dated Mar 2, 2006.

    I could find no other updates or if the body found was identified as of yet?
    That article was actually from February 2, 2006. For some reason Google didn't read the date correctly.

    I searched the SSDI and found that Clifford L. Herl of Liberal, KS (Date of birth 2/21/1977) was reported with a date of death of February 8, 2006.

    Rest in peace, Clifford.



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