Missing Persons: What do you if they don’t want to be found?
What happens if someone disappears…and they intended to do so? That certainly seems to be the case with Paul Kitterman, the 53-year-old man who disappeared last week during the Denver Broncos game. Around halftime, Kitterman got up out of his seat, leaving his stepson and two friends behind. He had been missing for nearly a week before he turned up last night in Pueblo, Colorado—nearly 100 miles from the stadium.
Kitterman was found unharmed at a Kmart and in seemingly good condition. He has no known medical issues, and wasn’t carrying a cell phone or much cash on him.
While that story is enough to make headlines, perhaps the strangest part is what he reportedly said to local police. Kitterman told them he had his “fill of football” and wanted to find somewhere warm to relax.
I don’t know about you, but if I wanted to go somewhere warm to relax, I probably wouldn’t do it during the middle of a football game in which I am there with family, only to disappear for days without telling anyone.
This brings up an interesting predicament in terms of facility security and emergency response. What happens when someone disappears…on purpose?
We don’t know what Kitterman does for work, nor do we know much about his family situation other than he’s married to someone was previously married. It’s obvious he didn’t do much planning, given that he didn’t have a phone on him or much money and was forced to hitchhike his way to Pueblo.
The family wrote a post on the Facebook page “Help find Paul Kitterman” in which they thanked everyone for their support and asked for privacy at this time. It seems everyone is relieved to have found Kitterman, expect for maybe Kitterman himself.
He was found only after someone recognized him. He didn’t turn himself in and as of right now it seems he didn’t commit any crimes worth hiding.
I have a feeling this story isn’t yet over, and I would be surprised if it didn’t take some more curious turns.
Posted by Matt Holden on Oct 29, 2014