On Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 17-year old Joey Kaiser, a junior at Cretin Derham Hall high school "took off from his home" in a manic state. According to his mother, Molly, he had a history of bipolar disorder and had been trying a new medication for roughly two weeks. Everyone hoped Joey would come home on his own.
On Friday, police found a ominous sign. Joey's mountain bike-- distinctive because it was missing a pedal--had been abandoned along the banks of the Mississippi near St. Clair Avenue. It was found not far from the Kaiser home.
Joey's family and friends spent Memorial Day weekend looking for him. The search stretched into August before Joey's body was discovered in the Mississippi River near the Lock and Dam. It was spotted around 9 a.m. August 18, 2008 by the Hennepin County Sheriff's water patrol. Firefighters used a walkway extending into the river from the plant to pull it from the water, so badly decomposed that the Ramsey County medical examiner's office had to rely on DNA for identification. Foul play was not suspected.
An odd coincidence
Almost one year later on April 5, 2009, Dan Zamlen disappeared from the same area near St. Clair Avenue. His body was found near the Ford plant.
Facts of Interest
Name/age: Joey Kaiser, 17
Physical description: 6'2", 200#, brown hair, blue eyes
Last seen: 11 a.m., Tuesday, 5/20/08, St. Clair Avenue, St. Paul, MN
Recovered: 9 a.m., Tuesday 8/18/08, Missisippi River near Ford lock and dam, St. Paul, MN
Kaiser was last seen wearing a graffiti print jacket, and had a backpack and possibly a book on atheism. He had no money, no identification, no food or medication.