11-year-old Adam Herrman disappeared in 1999 from the home of his adoptive parents in Butler County, Kansas in 1999. However, Adam wasn’t reported missing until 2008. The adoptive parents Doug and Valerie Herrman continued to collect government benefits for Adam up until he was reported missing. The Herrmans claimed that they didn’t report adam missing because they were afraid the state would take their other kids away. There were also allegations that Adam had been abused by the Herrmans. Both Herrman’s pleaded guilty to fraud in 2011 and were each sentenced to less than a year in jail. In 2016, Douglas Herrman passed away.
More recently, a man from Wichita has claimed on social media that he is Adam Herrman. As you might expect, this has caused a stir in the investigation, however, the original investigator of Adam’s disappearance says the man is lying.
“The person claiming to be Adam Herrman is not Adam Herrman. I mean, that’s the bottom line,” Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet says. “Social media can take that wherever they want to take that, and they can say whatever they want to say.”
The guy claiming to be Adam Herrman reportedly refuses to take down the Twitter page where he made the claim and is also refusing to cooperate with investigators.
I don’t participate in any other online crime communities but I can imagine some of the more conspiracy-minded members of those communities are falling for this story hook, line, and sinker. Who are you going to believe, the former lead investigator or some rando on Twitter?
Giving this guy any more attention than he already received is doing a disservice to the memory of Adam Herrman.
To this day Adam has yet to be found and in 2014 there was a $100,000 reward being offered for information leading to his recovery.
Anyone with information about Adam Joseph Herrman, a.k.a. Irvin Sylvester Groeninger III, or where he may be is asked to call one of the following numbers:
Butler County Sheriff’s Office – (316) 322-4254
Butler County Investigations – (316) 322-4257
Butler County Crime Tips – (316) 322-8817
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children – 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)