This Monday will mark the 20th anniversary of one of the most well-known missing person cases in Salina.
On April 29th, 1993, 35-year-old Kathryn Adam went missing.
Adam was last seen at 4:30 in the morning that day, at the Kwik Shop in the 1700 block of West Crawford Street. She was preparing to head out on her job delivering hosiery. She was driving a full-sized Ford van with “She has Legg’s” written on the sides in blue lettering.
She was reported missing the next day by her 16-year-old daughter. Her van turned up abandoned at 5:45 that evening at the nearby Russel’s Restaurant in the 600 block of Westport Boulevard. The restaurant was closed for remodeling at the time.
The van was spattered with mud on the outside, and had blood in the inside. Blood was also found at a storage unit in West Salina on Centennial Road where Adam picked up stock each day.
Police speculate someone attacked Adam when she went inside the storage unit. It appeared they interrupted her in the process of loading the merchandise in her van, leaving the door of the unit opened.
Adam was going through a divorce with her husband at the time, and had the one teenage daughter.
Salina Police Lt. Scott Siemsen tells KSAL News that though it is a cold case, it is still open. And though no body has ever been recovered, it is classified as a homicide.
Siemsen says that investigators periodically review the case, and go over the evidence. He says the last solid piece of evidence they gathered in the case was over two years ago. Still, they remain hopeful in solving the case. Things like changes in modern technology, and tips that continue to trickle in, help keep the case active.
He encourages anyone with any possible information, no matter how small or insignificant they think it may be, to come forward. They can call Crimestoppers at 825-TIPS, text SATIPS to CRIMES (274637), or visit Salina Police Department and follow the Crimestoppers link to submit a web tip.
The Kathryn Adam case is being featured on several social media sites dedicated to missing person cases. It is featured on Kansas Missing And Unsolved on Facebook, and also has its own Find Kathryn Adam page.