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Columbia family offers reward for information about missing teen

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 | 7:33 p.m. CDT; updated 12:41 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 2, 2011
17-year-old Kylan Stubler was last seen Thursday and reported as missing to the Columbia Police Department on Friday afternoon. He has yet to be found.

COLUMBIA — The family of a Columbia teenager who has not been seen since at least last Friday has offered $10,000 for information that leads to his return or an arrest in connection with his disappearance.

Kylan Stubler, 17, told his father his ride had arrived and left his father's house last  Thursday afternoon, family spokeswoman Wendy Swetz said at a news conference held at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park on Wednesday.

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Swetz is a friend of Stubler's father, Dan Stubler. His mother is Kersten Roberts. Neither parent appeared at the news conference. Swetz said they were too distraught to appear in public.

Surveillance video from the Break Time convenience store at 900 Conley Road shows Stubler there at 2:03 p.m. last Thursday, shortly after he left his father's house, Latisha Stroer, public information officer for the Columbia police, said.

Swetz said that later that day, Stubler was seen at the Dollar General at 3020 Paris Road and that he was visibly upset. But there is no surveillance video or police confirmation of this sighting.

Swetz said Stubler spent the night at a friend's house and was last seen by that friend leaving Friday morning. Stubler's father had paid him $40 for housework on Thursday, but his family didn't know whether he had more money.

"He didn't have the means to travel," Swetz said. She added "he had no reason to be running."

Swetz said that Stubler had been planning to take summer class at Hickman High School and re-enroll there in the fall. He had also been applying for jobs recently.

Police said Stubler had been living with friends and did not have a permanent residence, a driver's license or a car at the time of his disappearance.

According to Missouri Case.net, Stubler was charged with felony marijuana possession after he was arrested on February 19. He was released on a $4,500 bond, and a preliminary hearing on the charge was scheduled for May 18.

Stubler is described as 6 feet tall and weighing approximately 155 pounds with brown hair.

In addition to the $10,000 that his family is offering, Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,500. Anonymous tips can be given to Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS.

"There's someone out there who knows something," Swetz said. "Please put yourself in the family's shoes. They're so desperate to have their son back."


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