Missing Kan. Boy was Taken into Custody, Returned

A state official says a Kansas boy missing for 10 years was once taken away from his adoptive parents, then returned days later.

This age progression image provided by National Center for Missing & Exploited Children shows a simulation of what Adam Herrman might look like at the age of 21. No one claims to know what happened that summer in 1999 when 11-year-old Adam disappeared from the Towanda mobile home park where he lived with his adoptive parents. But the biggest mystery may be why no one reported him missing until nearly a decade later. (AP Photo/The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children via The Wichita Eagle)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A state official says a Kansas boy missing for 10 years was once taken away from his adoptive parents, then returned days later.

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services said Thursday that Adam Herrman was in protective custody for two days in 1996 after a report of physical abuse. The agency says the boy was returned to his adoptive parents, Valerie and Doug Herrman, after authorities determined the report was unsubstantiated.

The then-11-year-old boy disappeared in 1999, something that went unreported for 10 years.

Social and Rehabilitation Services spokeswoman Michelle Ponce says the agency is reviewing all case records involving Adam and his family.

Meanwhile, Butler County Sheriff Craig Murphy says investigators are looking over photographs and diagrams of the family's former home in Sedgwick that were taken Wednesday.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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