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Case File 493DFCA

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Mero, circa 1997

Karin Elizabeth Knechtel-Mero
Missing since February 28, 1997 from McCloud, Siskiyou County, California
Classification: Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: May 21, 1969
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 27 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'8"; 170 lbs.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; green eyes.
  • Marks, Scars: Scar on lower abdomen; scar on face near her nose.
  • Medical: She underwent a liver transplant in 1994 and was receiving regular anti-rejection medicine and prescriptions.
  • Dentals: Available

Circumstances of Disappearance
Mero was last seen in McCloud, California on February 28, 1997. Karin was last seen on the front porch of a residence on East Minnesota Street in McCloud, where she was living with her boyfriend.
Because she was an adult and believing Karin had probably moved away, the Sheriffs Department didn't list her as missing until November 1997. Deputies also had a warrant out for her and thought she might be hiding.
Karin was estranged from her husband at the time of her disappearance.
She is described as a very caring person; very outgoing with a lot of friends.
Her disappearance have been linked to the disappearance of Hannah Zaccaglini who disappeared from McCloud four months later.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Siskiyou County Sheriffs Department
Detective John Villani

Agency Case Number: 97-2573

NCIC Number: M088188481
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
California Department of Justice

Mount Shasta Herald

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