Kristin Marie Snyder

Above: Snyder, circa 2003


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 6, 2003 from Anchorage, Alaska
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: December 14, 1967
  • Age: 35 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7, 135 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, hazel eyes. Snyder's nickname is Kris.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A long black coat, an ivory-colored shirt with a zippered front, blue checkered pants, and purple slippers.
  • Medical Conditions: Snyder was suffering from emotional problems at the time of her disappearance. She had become depressed and delusional and had stopped sleeping. She may be suicidal.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Snyder, a self-employed environment consultant, departed the Executive Services Program in Anchorage, Alaska on February 6, 2003. Later that day she was seen at her home. She has never been heard from again.

    The day after Snyder's disappearance, on February 8, her Toyota Tacoma pickup truck was found parked at Millers Landing, which is located on Lowell Point Road in Seward, Alaska. Millers Landing is a campground, fishing and kayaking resort on Resurrection Bay. It rents out kayaks and runs a water taxi service. Snyder, an avid kayaker, has visited the resort before. She left a note inside her car insinuating she was depressed. The writing, however, stopped short of actually saying she was going to kill herself. The note stated that she did not want to be found and did not expect anyone to look for her. Snyder's friends stated that in the days prior to her disappearance, she had seemed depressed, irrational, and suicidal.

    A white wood and fiberglass kayak was found to be missing from the yard of Millers Landing when Snyder's car was discovered. The kayak is handmade, has no rudder, is not outfitted for flotation, and had not been in the water for fifteen years before 2003. Officials at the resort described the kayak as seaworthy but noted that it would sink if tipped. Authorities believe Snyder took the kayak out on Resurrection Bay. A three-day search of the bay area failed to turn up any clues as to her whereabouts, however.

    Snyder has a bachelor's degree from the University of Steubenville and a master's from the University of Kentucky, both in biology. She co-founded the Red River Gorge Climbers' Coalition and is described as a lover of the outdoors. Snyder's parents held a memorial service for her a month after her disappearance. Police believe her body is in Resurrection Bay but will probably never be found. Her case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Anchorage Police Department

    Alaska State Troopers


    Source Information
    Alaska Department of Public Safety
    The Red River Gorge Climbers' Coalition
    Kenai Peninsula Online
    The Rick A. Ross Institute for the Study of Destructive Cults, Controversial Groups and Movements


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 23, 2004.

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