Kyle David Jansen

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Above: Kyle, circa 1991

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 20, 1991 from Good Thunder, Minnesota
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: August 17, 1989
  • Age: 2 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'3, 55 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Sandy blond hair, blue eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A dark blue snowsuit, blue jeans and winter boots.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Kyle was last seen inside his family's Good Thunder, Minnesota apartment. Both parents thought he was with the other one. He apparently wandered outside near the Maple River. Searchers later found Kyle's mittens, a thread from his jeans, and boot-tracks leading out onto the ice of the river towards a channel of open water in the middle. The tracks disappeared then, and it is believed Kyle fell into the water and drowned. The river was about four to five feet deep in December 1991. His body was never recovered, but a memorial service for him was held three months after his disappearance.

    In October 2003, a man inspired by a television crime show went looking near the river, which was at unusually low levels, for Kyle's remains. He found what appeared to be a small child's femur and turned it in to authorities. The discovery of the bone resulted in a fresh search of the area. A child's winter boot that matched Kyle's and a piece of material believed to be from the child's snowsuit were found. The "femur" turned out to be an animal bone. Nonetheless, investigators still hope to recover Kyle's remains.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office
    507-387-8711

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    Source Information
    The Star Tribune
    The Doe Network
    NamUs
    Minnesota Department of Public Safety

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 25, 2016; date of birth added.

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