CA CA - Kristen Modafferi, 18, San Francisco, 23 June 1997

I wish I was posting to convey some new info in this case, but sadly I am not.

I wasn’t aware of this case until a year or so ago, when I was reading something about the Kristen Smart case and Kristin Modaferri’s case was mentioned. The name seemed oddly familiar to me, so I did some searching online… and realized the name was familiar because I knew Kristen in middle school. I only attended that school for one year (my family moved after that), and we were not super close or anything - I remember a sleep over (a birthday party maybe?) and not much else specific. But when I saw one of the photos of Kristen (one in particular), it matched my recollection perfectly. I remember her being smart and kind.

Anyhow, it was very strange and sad to realize that someone I once knew is, remains, a missing person. My heart hurts for her family. It’s a case I’ll certainly be paying attention to, and I’ll be hoping for new information that brings answers for her family.
 
There have been promising leads that lead nowhere useful apparently. it is SO HARD to believe that the 26th year anniversary of her disappearance is comiung up on June 23.

Will this case ever be solved?????
It’s crazy to think that with everything we have see uncovered in this case and things that look pretty solid in terms of leads, this case is still unsolved a quarter century later. This case was having tips and leads coming in left and right when it was appearing on tv shows and the news, if it gets back in the spotlight hopefully someone finally comes forward
 
An article about Kristen Modafferi's disappearance and the search for her was posted today on the SFGATE website.

This one always stuck with me because my girlfriend at the time (today my wife) flew out to SF to visit me exactly one week before Kristen went missing, on the 16th, and I drove up from Los Angeles. I had a relative with an apartment right off Golden Gate Park, giving us a place to stay. We actually spent a fair amount of time that week going up and down Geary - we'd park in the Sutro parking lot and hold hands and talk, and look down at the surf, and then we'd go back up Geary to my favourite Hakka cuisine restaurant, Ton Kiang (now gone - the Spruce St branch if anyone remembers it!) I have no reason to think we ever crossed paths with Kristen, and by Friday afternoon we were up in Marin County... but it was all so close on the heels of Kristen's disappearance that I've never forgotten her case.

The article says about the now-retired detective that "he hopes the case will soon be solved", and I sure hope that's true, but I can't say that I read anything therein that suggests a new lead...
 
An article about Kristen Modafferi's disappearance and the search for her was posted today on the SFGATE website.

This one always stuck with me because my girlfriend at the time (today my wife) flew out to SF to visit me exactly one week before Kristen went missing, on the 16th, and I drove up from Los Angeles. I had a relative with an apartment right off Golden Gate Park, giving us a place to stay. We actually spent a fair amount of time that week going up and down Geary - we'd park in the Sutro parking lot and hold hands and talk, and look down at the surf, and then we'd go back up Geary to my favourite Hakka cuisine restaurant, Ton Kiang (now gone - the Spruce St branch if anyone remembers it!) I have no reason to think we ever crossed paths with Kristen, and by Friday afternoon we were up in Marin County... but it was all so close on the heels of Kristen's disappearance that I've never forgotten her case.

The article says about the now-retired detective that "he hopes the case will soon be solved", and I sure hope that's true, but I can't say that I read anything therein that suggests a new lead...
Thank you for the romantic story and the link too!
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This photo shows Kristen Modafferi on a family trip to San Francisco in 1994.
Courtesy Modafferi Family

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This is believed to be the last photograph of Kristen, taken by a coworker in an unknown art gallery space in SoMa, San Francisco, June 1997.
Courtesy Dennis Mahon
 
I've recently seen a few posts from San Franciscans who vouch for the treachery of Land's End, one of whom even lost a friend there. I'm still inclined to believe that Kristen suffered an accidental fall, and her body was never recovered. I certainly don't rule out the possibility of foul play as an alternative, but all the stuff with Jon Onuma muddied the waters.
 
I've recently seen a few posts from San Franciscans who vouch for the treachery of Land's End, one of whom even lost a friend there. I'm still inclined to believe that Kristen suffered an accidental fall, and her body was never recovered. I certainly don't rule out the possibility of foul play as an alternative, but all the stuff with Jon Onuma muddied the waters.

Agreed. When I first started looking into the case two years ago, I initially felt that KM very possibly was kidnapped/met with foul play/etc. And, yes - the lies by JO made all of this more "credible" & confused the investigation.

However, obviously not all missing person(s) cases involve crime. And, yes - the Land's End explanation makes a lot more sense, especially given the timing. I.e., it does sound like she intended to do some more sight-seeing after work that day (the last day she was seen). And, if she did go there by herself & had a mishap in that area due to the waves, etc. - there's a good chance no one saw anything.

I've never been there, but there has never been a mention of cameras in that Land's End area - or at least there don't seen to have been any in 1997.
 
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