Dogs search river banks for signs of boy missing 10 years

TOWANDA, Kan. — Search dogs zigzagged through the woods with their noses to the ground, and detectives and anthropologists followed with digging tools in hand Saturday in hopes of finding a grave site or bones that might shed light on what happened to Adam Herrman a decade ago.

But the six-hour search along the Whitewater River yielded no clues about what happened to Adam, who disappeared from a Towanda home a decade ago at age 11.

"At least this area has been looked at," Butler County Sheriff Craig Murphy said.

The scouring isn't expected to produce any evidence in the case, but Murphy said it's common sense to explore the area given that it's a popular hangout -- and a place Adam may have wandered to if, as his foster parents say, he ran away.

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