03-08-2006, 04:38 PM #1Former Member
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Steven Earl Kraft, Jr. (12) - Benton Harbor MI, 2001
Date Missing: 2/15/01
Missing From: Benton Township, MI
Age at Disappearance: 12 years
Height: 5’0” – 5’2”
Weight: 90-100 lbs.
Hair: Sandy Brown
Last Seen Wearing: Tan pants; a white, tan, and brown striped shirt; an aqua and purple “Hornets” jacket and black “Lugz” boots.
Steven has a small red birthmark on his left rib cage.
Circumstances: Steven was last seen playing with his two dogs about a ½ block from his home at 7:45 pm. on Thursday, February 15, 2001. The dogs have both returned home, but Steven has not been seen or heard from since. Steven's picture has been age progressed to 15 years by the NCMEC.
03-19-2006, 08:01 AM #2Registered User
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Steven Earl Kraft II- 2001
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: February 15, 2001 from Benton Harbor, Michigan Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: January 1, 1989
Age: 12 years old
Height and Weight: 5'1 - 5'2, 95 - 100 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Light brown hair, green eyes. Kraft has a small red birthmark on the left side of his rib cage. His nickname is Stevie. He may be called "Steven Earl Kraft Jr." by some agencies.
Clothing Description: A white, tan and brown-striped shirt, tan parachute pants, an aqua and purple Charlotte Hornets jacket and black Lugz boots.
Details of Disappearance
Kraft was last seen playing with his family's two dogs in the 2100 block of Holly Drive in Benton Harbor, Michigan on February 15, 2001, between seven and eight p.m. He was about half a block away from his residence in the 2100 block of Holly Drive at the time of his disappearance. He has never been heard from again. Kraft's mother was preparing dinner while he was out with their dogs and reported his disappearance afterwards.
Kraft's older dog returned to his family's house shortly after Kraft vanished. The dog apparently led his owners to a nearby pond, but no evidence of Kraft's whereabouts was located in the area. His puppy was found some time afterwards, near a creek.
Kraft completed a five-day suspension from Hull Elementary School shortly before his disappearance. School administrators stated that he defended himself against another student during an altercation. Both boys were suspended. Kraft is described as a good student and the incident marked the first time he was disciplined. He was in the sixth grade at the time of his disappearance. He lived on a dead-end street in Benton Harbor with little traffic, and was familiar with the area. Kraft has relatives living near his home and was well-known to the neighbors as well. His parents have since moved to Hagar Township, Michigan.
Authorities searched four miles of nearby Blue Creek and a pond behind Harbor Haven Ministries in May 2001, but failed to produce any evidence of Kraft's whereabouts. Investigators searched another area of woods near the Southwestern Michigan Regional Airport in November 2002, but no evidence was located. In February 2004, Kraft was reportedly seen at Midway Airport in Chicago, Illinois, but the individual sighted turned out to someone else.
Investigators have investigated various theories in Kraft's case, such as that he was abducted or ran away from home. No clues to his whereabouts have been discovered and Kraft's case remains unsolved.
04-04-2010, 11:37 PM #3Former Member
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