Reward offered in the search of missing teen, Kylan Stubler

May 5, 2011

COLUMBIA — The family of a Columbia teenager who has not been seen since April 21, 2011 has offered $10,000 for information that leads to his return or an arrest in connection with his disappearance.
According to a flyer made by his family, “The reward will be issued to the person or persons that are responsible for Kylan’s safe return home or for information leading to the arrest and conviction to the person or persons responsible for Kylan’s disappearance.”

Kylan Stubler, 17, told his father his ride had arrived and left his father’s house that afternoon, family spokeswoman Wendy Swetz said at a news conference held at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.
Swetz is a friend of Stubler’s father, Dan Stubler. His mother is Kersten Roberts. Neither parent appeared at the news conference. Swetz said they were too distraught to appear in public.

Surveillance video from the Break Time convenience store at 900 Conley Road shows Stubler there at 2:03 p.m. last Thursday, shortly after he left his father’s house, Latisha Stroer, public information officer for the Columbia police, said.

Swetz said that later that day, Stubler was seen at the Dollar General at 3020 Paris Road and that he was visibly upset. But there is no surveillance video or police confirmation of this sighting.

Swetz said Stubler spent the night at a friend’s house and was last seen by that friend leaving Friday morning. Stubler’s father had paid him $40 for housework on Thursday, but his family didn’t know whether he had more money.

“He didn’t have the means to travel,” Swetz said. She added “he had no reason to be running.”

Swetz said that Stubler had been planning to take summer class at Hickman High School and re-enroll there in the fall. He had also been applying for jobs recently.

Police said Stubler had been living with friends and did not have a permanent residence, a driver’s license or a car at the time of his disappearance.

According to Missouri, Stubler was charged with felony marijuana possession after he was arrested on February 19. He was released on a $4,500 bond, and a preliminary hearing on the charge was scheduled for May 18.

Stubler is described as 6 feet tall and weighing approximately 155 pounds with brown hair.

In Missouri, the age at which one is considered a legal adult is 17. Therefore, Kylan is considered a legal adult and this case is listed and treated as a missing person case rather than a kidnapping. If it were considered a kidnapping, the Columbia Police Department would engage in a full-scale investigation as kidnapping would involve criminal charges. The family says that it is unusual for Kylan to go this long without reaching out to family or friends.

In addition to the $10,000 that his family is offering, Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,500. Anonymous tips can be given to Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS.

“There’s someone out there who knows something,” Swetz said. “Please put yourself in the family’s shoes. They’re so desperate to have their son back.”

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