A promising travel journalist, Claudia Kirschhoch, suddenly goes missing.
Claudia, a young caucasian lady with sleek brown hair, has been missing since:
Date of Birth: 2/9/71
Weight: 105 lbs.
Hair: Chestnut brown
Unique Features: A phoenix tattoo on her right hip
Date of Disappearance: 5/27/00
Captured in a photo, Claudia sports a comfortable white sweater, seated on a beach with serene waters behind her. In May 2000, Claudia and her fellow travel writer Tania Grossinger were left in a lurch in Negril, Jamaica, after their work journey to Havana, Cuba, was abruptly halted. Tania recalls their shared frustration:
“We were both greatly saddened upon learning our Cuba trip was canceled. Both of us had work commitments. When they barred us from Cuba, they also said there was no way back to New York for the time being.”
Before the trip, 29-year-old Claudia had started her career at Frommer’s Travel Guides, her dream company. Even though she got stuck in Jamaica, she tried to stay optimistic.
Overhead views show the luxurious Sandals Resort in Jamaica, where Claudia was staying. Here, she befriended Anthony Grant, a bartender at the resort. Given Claudia’s love for reggae music, Grant suggested visiting a local club.
While Tania found a way back home, deciding to reconnect with Claudia in New York later, that afternoon marked the last time anyone reportedly saw Claudia.
The last known sighting was by a lifeguard who saw her walking on a beach, not too far from the resort.
By June 2, alarm bells rang as Claudia’s employer informed her parents she had missed work. Her parents, Fred and Mary Ann, were filled with dread after reaching out to the resort. Her room revealed that while she hadn’t been there for days, her belongings like passport, phone, credit cards, and cash were untouched.
Mary Ann said with emotion, “Claudia is meticulous. If she had plans elsewhere, she would’ve called. From the beginning, something felt off.”
There was a growing sense of urgency. The family rushed to Jamaica, only to face multiple roadblocks in their quest for answers, starting with the resort. Vital records and video footages had vanished or been overwritten. Without solid evidence, local authorities speculated she might have drowned, a theory met with skepticism due to the calm nature of the waters.
Rumors floated around Negril that Claudia might have started a new life with a local. However, her father firmly dismissed these theories, emphasizing Claudia’s contentment with her life in NYC.
Detective Denver Frater fielded multiple reports of sightings of Claudia with a Rastafarian man in the hills, but none panned out.
Feeling the need for additional expertise, Claudia’s parents involved the FBI and a US-based search and rescue team. The search dogs tracked Claudia’s scent to Anthony Grant’s home, specifically to some of his belongings and his car. Despite this, no tangible evidence was found linking Grant to her disappearance.
Grant underwent rigorous investigation and lie detector tests, with inconclusive results. As per Detective Frater, Grant was known to have been in contact with Claudia but isn’t considered a prime suspect.
The relentless search led by the Kirschhoch family continues, buoyed by a $50,000 reward they’ve put forth for any information leading to Claudia’s whereabouts.