Flashback Friday: Donald Kulas

This week’s Flashback Friday case is Donald Kulas, a sixty-year-old man who disappeared from Two Harbors, Minnesota, a small town in the northeastern corner of the state, on the shores of Lake Superior. Kulas attended a party on the night of his disappearance, May 11, 1985, and was last seen as he was leaving. He never made it home and his car turned up abandoned in a ditch the next day.

I wish I had more info on this case. I don’t even have a decent quality picture of Kulas; I don’t think anyone could recognize somebody based on the photo I have. A few questions spring to mind:

  1. Was there alcohol served at this party? Did Kulas partake, and if so, how much?
  2. What condition was the car in when it was found? Was it out of gas? Were there any indications of an accident?

My guess is that Kulas died shortly after his disappearance, though I don’t have enough info to speculate as to how he met his death. NamUs says sixty tracker dogs were used in the search, but turned up nothing. Regardless, I think his remains are somewhere between the spot his car was found and his own home in Brimson, Minnesota, thirteen miles away.

8 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Donald Kulas

  1. Patrick Kerrigan January 1, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    I am a former detective with the Veterans Administration Police in Chicago. I have been researching missing persons for a few years. I am frustrated with the lack of details that law enforcement have left out of some cases even after 10, 20 or more years.

    However, in my research, I stumbled upon a psychological problem identified as “dissociative fugue”. It’s a form of amnesia, which is brought upon by marital problematic, death in the family, PTSD, etc.

    The person who comes down with this, completely uses their identity, their name, where they are from, and they flee, some of them have traveled thousands of miles. They quite often adopt a new name.

    If you search this problem on line, you will come across a number of cases of this “fugue”. In one case in Australia, a guy was missing for 23 years. They found two weeks before he was to be declared dead.

    Another well know involves Agatha Christie, who disappeared many years ago. She was found 11 days later registered only a different name.

    In one case, a lawyer disappeared from New York City. He was found in a homeless shelter in Chicago, six months later. He was a Vietnam veteran, and walked through the World Trade Center, about 10 minutes before it was hit. It was also depressed.

    I believe this problem may explain why a number of people have been missing

  2. raven1025 October 1, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    I don’t know if you’ve seen this article. It has a bit more info about what he did between the party and his disappearance, and the state of his car.


    Also, this summer they (the BCA) started doing a batch of DNA tests, to see if they can match any unidentified remains with missing persons. Kulas’ daughter is mentioned in this article about it:


  3. Eye Am Shan November 26, 2018 / 9:23 pm

    Hi, Don Kulas is my mother’s uncle. I am trying to research his death as well. Did you know that Don’s father, Anthony Kulas went missing on May 14, 1933, never to be seen again? I have the newspaper article if you’d like to see it.

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