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COLD CASE SPOTLIGHT: Kerry O’Brien-Krueger

Saturday marked 25 years since anyone has seen or heard from wife and mother Kerry O’Brien-Krueger. The 31-year-old mother vanished on December 6th, 1989 from Burlington, Wisconsin.

Kerry’s husband, Tracey Krueger, reported to police his wife had received a call from a coworker at Gander Mountain, where she worked in public relations, telling her that she needed to fly to a trade show in Wyoming. Tracey told detectives he remembers waking up around 4:30am on December 6th, 1989 to a kiss goodbye from his wife before she got in a car reportedly headed to O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, according to The Journal Times.

There was no trade show, and Kerry’s boss at Gander Mountain insisted no one from the office had called Kerry with that information.

According to The Journal Times, Kerry had been suffering from an unknown medical condition at the time of her disappearance. Her sister, Molly O’Brien-Bleifield, told the times Kerry had been experiencing stomach pains, vomiting and diarrhea. Doctors hadn’t pinpointed what was causing the symptoms before she vanished. Molly said a number of relatives now believe Kerry was being poisoned.

Some, including Kerry and Tracey’s daughter Megan, believe Kerry simply left her small family that morning. However, police have been unable to piece together what actually happened to Kerry O’Brien-Krueger. Detectives do say the case is still ongoing.

“We’ve been waiting and waiting for years to be able to put her to rest,” her sister Molly told the times. “There’s got to be somebody who can help. Somebody had to see something. Somebody had to know something.”

If you have any information that may help crack this cold case, please call Burlington Investigator Rodney Thurin at (262) 763-2920.