Karl Lee Larsen

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Above: Larsen, circa 2004

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 25, 2004 from Paola, Kansas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: December 25, 1960
  • Age: 43 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8 - 5'9, 140 - 158 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Larsen is balding. He has a scar on his elbow.
  • Medical Conditions: Larsen suffers from schizoaffective disorder, a mental illness which causes him to hear voices. He was prescribed medication to control the condition, but he may not have been taking at the time of his disappearance. He may be suicidal.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Larsen was last seen in Paola, Kansas on February 25, 2004. That day, he asked his mother to pick up his son from school. He was a single parent with full custody. He has never been heard from again. In late March 2004, Larsen's tan four-door 1992 Saturn was found abandoned behind a farmhouse in rural Linn County, Kansas. He often went duck hunting in that area. His vehicle had apparently been parked there for a long time. It was locked and Larsen's keys and identification were inside, but there was no trace of him. Shortly before his disappearance, he lost his job with the Paola Public Works Department.

    In May 2004, Larsen's mother was cleaning out his apartment when she found found a receipt for a box of bullets for a handgun. The receipt was dated just before Larsen vanished. It is unknown what, if anything, this has to do with his disappearance. The handgun wasn't inside his apartment, and all his other guns were at his mother's home.

    It's theorized that Larsen may have taken his own life, but there is no evidence to support any theory. His case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Paola Police Department
    913-294-4191

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    Source Information
    The Kansas City Channel
    The Miami County Repulic
    NamUs

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 22, 2016; height and weight added.

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