February 19 marked Michael Krueger’s 22nd birthday, but instead of a celebration, Krueger’s family is busy trying to determine the Lee’s Summit man’s whereabouts after not being seen or heard from since Feb. 15.
Dave Krueger, Michael’s father, said the family has not seen the former Lee’s Summit North High School student since watching him perform with his rock band SOLUS Feb. 14 at the Aftershock Rock Club in Merriam, Kan. After performing, Michael Krueger and a band mate spent the night at a community center in downtown Kansas City where the band often practices.
Early the next morning, Dave Krueger, a teacher in the Blue Springs School District, said he received a text from his son saying he was driving home; however, Michael never made it. Dave Krueger later filed a missing person’s report with the Lee’s Summit Police Department Feb. 16.
“We’re hanging in there,” Dave Krueger said in a phone interview Feb. 19 with the Journal. “There are highs and lows. This is the fifth day. (Law enforcement officials) haven’t heard anything. I’m trusting that they will do what they do, but at the same time I’m trying to get the word out.”
Michael Krueger is a 22-year-old white male, 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 150 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair.
According to the Lee’s Summit Police Department, Krueger was last seen Feb. 15 driving a white, four-door Honda CRV bearing Missouri license DD9-U9N. The vehicle has two stickers in the back window; one has the word “Solus” on it and the other says, “Support Local Music.”
“The whole Kansas City music community has (helped spread the word),” Krueger said. “It’s a pretty tight-knit group. It’s a big group, but it’s a pretty tight-knit group and they have also helped spread the word.”
Krueger said the family and his son’s band mates have taken to social media to help spread the word about Michael’s disappearance. The purpose is to get as many people as possible to recognize a picture of Michael or of the vehicle in which he was driving.
“I put something out on Twitter yesterday and it’s already been retweeted like 300 times,” Krueger said. “On Facebook, I put it out there and it’s already been shared hundreds of times – and that’s just from mine. Instagram has had lots of sharing. We are at least just trying to get his picture out there.”
If you have any information on Michael Krueger’s whereabouts, you are asked to call the LSPD TIPS Hotline at 816-969-1752.