KYLE IS STILL MISSING.
Kyle Fleischmann, 24, disappeared on November 9, 2007 after getting separated from friends at Buckhead Saloon in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina and leaving the bar alone around 2:20 a.m. He left his coat and credit card behind. The last sighting of Kyle took place around 2:25 am, when Kyle was seen buying pizza at Fuel Pizza at the uptown location. Kyle apparently made 2 phone calls around 3:30 am to his best friend and roommate. He did not leave any messages and his cell phone has been off since. It is not known whether or not Kyle took a cab or tried to find a ride home. There has been no usage of his bank funds since his disappearance.
If you have any information regarding Kyle Fleischmann’s whereabouts, contact Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600. There is a $50,000 reward for information in the case.
Timeline (courtesy of AMW.com)
On Thursday, November 8, 2007, Kyle caught Dane Cook's stand-up act at Bobcats Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. Kyle's mother and sister were also in the audience, and when the show ended Kyle and his friends walked to Buckhead Saloon, where he met his family.
Kyle's friends and family left the bar while Kyle stayed back, until the Saloon's security camera captured images of the 24-year-old exiting the bar around 2:20 a.m. Kyle made several phone calls between then and 3:30 a.m. but didn't leave any messages, and hasn't been heard from since. Kyle returned to neither his car nor his home, and all calls that have since been made to his cell have gone straight to his voicemail.
Police say the activity on his cell phone after leaving the Saloon is concentrated in the uptown Charlotte area and the First Ward area. His cell phone activity ended around 4:00 a.m.
The Search for Kyle
On November 13, 2007 they conducted a massive search effort, starting at the Buckhead Saloon where he was last seen. A foot search for Fleishmann took place Saturday, November 17 starting at the Charlotte Fire Department at 228 E. Ninth Street. Firefighters and nearly 300 volunteers including Fleischmann’s family and friends combed a 9 mile area around Charlotte until around 4 p.m. Search dogs were also brought in to follow the scent from the jacket Kyle left behind at the bar. Reports have indicated that dogs have led searchers to creek beds. Kyle's friends created a webpage and Facebook page and appeared on The Today Show to help get the word out. His sister, Noelle, appeared on Fox News.
According to amw.com, "cops say a witness came forward in October 2008 who saw Kyle after he left the Buckhead Saloon. The witness, an employee at Fuel Pizza in Charlotte, N.C., says Kyle came into the restaurant a few minutes after leaving the bar. Cops say it would have been around 2:25 a.m. The employee told police Kyle came in by himself, but the restaurant got very crowded shortly thereafter. Cops say the employee never saw Kyle leave. But the new lead has not brought investigators any closer to finding Kyle. They are still seeking any information about the night he went missing."
As with some of the other cases of missing young men, Kyle was without his coat and money during chilly weather. He apparently tried to call friends and family between 2 and 3 am (perhaps realizing he needed a ride). Similarities have also been drawn between his case and that of Max Walker who disappeared from the Buckhead Saloon in Milwaukee, in July 2006, and that of Justin Gaines, who disappeared after leaving Wild Bills Saloon in Duluth, Georgia on November 2, 2007. Justin also tried to contact friends via cell phone to get a ride.
Kyle Fleischmann grew up in Charlotte, NC and was one of three children of Barbara and Richard Fleischmann. A kind and caring young man, AMW.com describes Kyle as "an all-American guy, handsome, well liked, and very outgoing and fun to be around." He graduated in 2002 from Charlotte Catholic High School and in 2006 from Elon University where he majored in business administration. At Elon, he was vice president of his fraternity, the Kappa Alpha Order and a volunteer with the Special Olympics and the Boys and Girls Club. When he disappeared, Kyle was working as a healthcare recruiter at Maxim Healthcare Services in Charlotte, his hometown. Kyle's mother had to undergo surgery for breast cancer on November 17, 2007, while the search effort was underway.
The sudden disappearance of Kyle Fleischmann on Nov. 9, 2007 led his family and friends to turn their tragedy into an educational opportunity, the Kyle Fleischmann Foundation, so that others would know where to go for help and information in the critical first days of a person’s disappearance. http://www.thekff.org/kyles-story/
Facts of Interest in this Case:
Name/age: Kyle Fleischmann, 24
School attended: graduate of Elon University
Appearance: 6′0″, 180 lbs, muscular build, brown hair
Last seen: 11/9/07, Buckhead Saloon (201 E 5th St.,Charlotte, North Carolina)
Recovered: Kyle is still missing.