An anonymous donor has offered a $50,000 cash reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Adam Herrman and the arrest and conviction of any persons involved, announced Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet Friday afternoon.
“The person has just watched the case and is interested in the case and wanted closure for the family,” Herzet said. “We’re hoping with a reward this might make somebody call.”
Herzet said they still get a tip every now and then, with the last one coming in about two months ago.
“It’s an open case,” Herzett said. “We’re still trying to get where we need to be to get some closure.”
The case began in December 2008 when Herrman, who was from Towanda, was reported missing by his adoptive sister, who had expressed concerns about him. His parents said he had run away but they were afraid to report it because their other children might be taken away.
Herrman was 11 years old when he went missing in 1999. He had been living with his adoptive parents, Dough and Valerie Herrman, in Towanda. The Herrmans had been foster parents for Adam and his siblings when they were younger. They adopted Adam when he was 2 1/2 years old and also adopted two of his younger siblings.
After the report was made to Missing and Exploited Children, it was turned over the sheriff’s office. Law enforcement made several searches along the Whitewater River and in Towanda, as well as other locations.
In 2010, the Butler County Attorney’s Office brought charges of welfare fraud against Herrman’s adoptive parents for accepting money from the state for Herrman following his disappearance. According to the complaint, between May 1, 1999 and July 2005 Doug and Valerie collected $52,800. They were convicted in 2011.
Herzet said it is frustrating for him, as well as for the family that they have not been able to solve the case to this point.
Herzet said Herrman’s brother is excited he is putting up this reward.
“He said he thinks about him every day, and so do the detectives here,” Herzet said, adding that a lot of them have Herrman’s photo hanging in their offices.
“He’s not going to go away,” Herzet said, “and the case is not going to go away. You would be amazed the people still talking about this.”
Anyone with information is asked to call 322-4257 or 1-866-484-5924.
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