Kansas boy missing since 1999 would be 31 years old today

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TOWANDA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Kansas boy who was not reported missing for nearly 10 years after he disappeared would be 31 years old today.

Adam Herrman was a happy kid when he lived in a mobile home in Towanda. Then one day in 1999 the 11-year-old disappeared. His foster parents, Doug and Valerie Herrman say he ran away, but they continued to collect state benefits for years, never reporting the boy missing.

The Butler County Sheriff's Office has been working the case for seven years since they learned Adamwas missing in 2008. Sheriff Kelly Herzet told KAKE News in 2015 that Adam, born June 8, 1987, is likely dead. The foster parents who live in Oklahoma now, were never charged with harming Adam.

But Doug Herrman was sentenced to 9 months in prison and Valerie 7 months for pocketing more than $15,000 in state funds.

Through their lawyer, the Herrmans denied harming the boy. Several immediate family members claimed Valerie Herrman mentally and physically abused the boy, at times hitting or slapping him, refusing to feed him and making him sleep in the bathtub without a pillow or blankets.

The sheriff's office did an exhaustive search for Adam using people, dogs, and airplanes but never found Adam or his body. 

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