NEW evidence has pointed to a suspect in the disappearance of a 20-year-old man after he disappeared from nowhere more than two decades ago.
Branson Perry was cleaning up his Skidmore, Missouri home while awaiting his father’s return from the hospital in April 2001.
He went to stash some jumper cables in a shed near his home, but then disappeared without a trace.
The case eventually went cold after detectives were unable to find any leads.
But Michael Kurz, a New Jersey police officer, didn’t give up and spent his free time searching for clues to Perry’s disappearance for 18 years, News-Press Now reported.
“I started reading his case and there were so many twists and turns that didn’t add up,” Kurz told the outlet. “That’s why I started researching the case, just out of curiosity.”
During his search, Kurz posted information about the case on social media in hopes that someone would reach out to him with a tip.
He tried very hard and even visited Perry’s hometown for the summer holidays last year.
Both Kurz and the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office concluded that Perry’s case was drug-related.
Perry’s aunt, Gail McMurray, told News-Press Now that she knew her nephew to be a compassionate man who loved the outdoors.
Perry eventually confided in his aunt that he wanted to get off drugs.
“He kept that part of him away from me,” she said. “I knew about him, camping and all the fun stuff and his personal life, but I didn’t know about the drug life.”
Perry disappeared just days before he was due to enter rehab for his addiction.
After years of searching, Kurz and Nodaway County Sheriff Randy Strong claim to have found a suspect, but even after decades of investigation, they don’t have enough evidence to arrest anyone.
Captain Austin Hann of Nodaway County told the outlet:
“You want to make sure you have as much evidence as possible to find a probable cause for this arrest and send a good, solid, fully investigated case to the courts to hopefully get a conviction and, in this case, some justice to get .”
A body would likely need to be found for an arrest, Kurz said, but Perry’s remains were never recovered.
“It’s difficult to make an arrest for a situation like murder without a body or without Branson’s remains,” Kurz said.
Perry’s aunt believes people are too scared to provide the evidence needed for an arrest without a body.
“People don’t want to come forward,” McMurray said. “Their life will be in danger if they know who did it.”
“Someone knows something … I made a promise to his father and grandparents that I would never give up on finding Branson,” she told News-Press Now.
Kruz isn’t ready to give up either. “I will never let his name die,” Kurz said. “I’ll keep it active. I refuse to stop and I want everyone to know their case.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6015426/police-found-suspect-branson-perry-disappearance-after-decades/ Sinister details emerge about the disappearance of a 20-year-old man who vanished without a trace from a shed near his home