Flashback Friday: Janet Kramer

This week’s Flashback Friday case is Janet Ann Kramer. She was thirteen and living in a group home for girls when she disappeared from Willmar, Minnesota. Presumed to have run away. The date of disappearance is given as January 1, 1971, but I wonder if that’s accurate. January 1 seems a strange date to run away on, especially in Minnesota, and that date is often used when the person disappeared at some unknown date in a particular year.

I Googled “Willmar Minnesota group home” and found a website for an organization that operates girls’ and boys’ group homes in the area, but their girls’ home isn’t old enough to be Janet’s. Presumably Janet’s group home has long since closed.

In any case, I have almost no information on her. A friend believes she looks a little like me. The resemblance is more obvious when you check out this photo of myself at Janet’s age.

Janet’s been missing for over forty years. If she is still alive — and I suppose there’s no evidence to indicate she’s not — she would be 56 years old today.

9 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Janet Kramer

  1. Peter Henderson Jr. February 28, 2014 / 11:40 am

    Wow Meaghan Janet does look like you at that age. It’s the glasses I suppose.

    I have profiled Janet and like you found next to nothing. From my report: On July 15, 2013 her sister contacted the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s office to enquire about her possible location or fate. It was only then that her sister and law enforcement learned that Janet was not listed as missing in any local, county, state or national missing person’s database.

    Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Detective Kent Bauman took a formal report and entered Janet’s picture and vital statistics into the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons (NamUs) database‘s. In addition Janet is now listed at the Charley Project.

    Detective Bauman also collected DNA swabs from Janet’s sister and mother. The DNA testing is currently ongoing.

  2. Crystal February 28, 2014 / 3:31 pm

    you were cute as a bug!

  3. Cattt March 1, 2014 / 1:50 am

    Meaghan that’s a very sweet photo of you. I had a look like that. Glasses and all!

  4. Jeanne Anderson November 20, 2014 / 2:31 am


    has anyone looked for her remains in front of the or a family “shed?”
    approximately 10-12 back (from the out building) from the front view as you were facing it and 2 feet to the left from center… the Shed/outhouse/out building is on the property of the family and or a very close member of the family…. there is a clearing – backwards u shape behind you as you approach or would have approached this and a very dense forest like- straight line behind the building by no more at that time of 10 feet.
    I feel she is buried there… there is a straight line of sorts angular upon viewing the site from the buildings which may be a clear sign as to what I am picking up from her. She is very clearly showing a one sided cross directional straight line from the outside corner of the building to her by means of 10-12 feet.
    Jeanne Anderson

    • Kayla January 22, 2019 / 12:22 am

      Going out on a limb here. Jeanne, I’m not sure if you’ll get notified of this reply, but Janet is my aunt. If you receive this message, please contact me.

      • Carolyn Espejo July 24, 2019 / 8:25 pm

        Hi, if anyone sees this can 5hey please email me, I ha e a couple questions about this girl….thank you….cgespejo48@gmail.com

      • Justin kreutz October 14, 2019 / 9:44 pm

        She is also my relative. Please contact me

  5. Shona Ann McCoy February 20, 2015 / 4:56 pm

    There was a Jane Doe 1971 unidentified 12-18 year old found December 6, 1971. Deceased several months earlier. Found in Galloway Township, NJ with a motel room key. 5’1 to 5’4″ 105 to 130.

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