Skull Found in Rural Area of Salina Brings Reminders of Area Missing Persons Cases



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A human skull found in a rural area of Salina has brought reminders of a few unsolved missing persons cases in the area.

According to the Saline County Sheriff's Office, a couple of mushroom hunters were walking along Dry Creek, about a third of a mile north of Magnolia Road, just east of Centennial Road, just before 5:30 p.m. on April 20, when they stumbled across the top part of a human skull on the east side of the tree line along the creek bed. The skull appeared to have been there for quite some time. The skull has been sent to a lab for DNA testing.

Law enforcement officials have not yet identified the skull, but its discovery has brought back memories of some of Salina's unsolved missing persons cases, two of which have ties to the general area of where the skull was found.

One of those cases is that of Kathryn Adam. Adam, 35, was last seen on the morning of April 29, 1993, at Kwik Shop, 1727 W. Crawford, at about 4:30 a.m. In 1993, Adam worked as a L'eggs hosiery sales representative and delivered L’eggs hosiery to Salina area retail stores, such as Walmart and Kmart. On the morning of April 29, she stopped at Kwik Shop, as he did each morning, to gas up her delivery van and purchase a cup of coffee and a newspaper. Shortly after leaving the Kwik Shop, Adam drove to a storage facility at 2435 Centennial Road, where she stored the hosiery items she was employed to deliver. Police believe she was murdered shortly after arriving there. At the storage facility, police found a pool of Adam’s blood outside the unit as well as a small amount of blood inside the unit. Police also found bullet fragments and evidence that someone attempted to clean everything up. The door to the unit had been left open and it appeared as though someone had interrupted Adam as she was loading up her van. The following day, April 30, 1993, Adam’s L’eggs hosiery delivery van was discovered abandoned at Russell’s Restaurant, 649 Westport, which is about 2 1/2 miles north of the storage facility. The restaurant was closed for renovations at the time. According to police, the van’s interior contained a substantial amount Adam’s of blood. Mud on the van’s exterior indicated that it had recently been driven through a muddy area. Adam’s body has never been located, but the amount of blood evidence led police to officially classify the case as a homicide. A surveillance photo taken at the Kwik Shop in which Adam was wearing a blue and white Kansas City Royals windbreaker type jacket, light blue button down shirt, and dark colored pants, shows Adam backing out the store’s front door holding a cup of coffee, a newspaper, and a fuel receipt. She has never been seen again. The skull that was found on April 20 was no more than a few hundred yards from where Adam was believed to have murdered.

Aside from Kathryn Adam, there are other missing persons out of Salina that some wonder could be connected to the recently discovered skull. They are as follows:

- Kenneth "Kenny" Reitcheck, 70, was last seen on November 4, 2019, in Salina. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation issued a Silver Alert for Reitcheck on December 2, 2019. At the time of his disappearance, Reitcheck suffered from diminished mental health capabilities and as a result of this, received monthly disability benefits, but he has not accessed those funds since he was last seen. Reitcheck has been known to frequently visit several areas in and around Salina while riding his bicycle. At the time of his disappearance, authorities believe that Reitcheck might have traveled to the Colby area in northwest Kansas, where he reportedly had family, but no one in that area reported seeing him. He was not known to have a phone, vehicle, or any known identification. Information that circulated on social media around the time of his Reitcheck's disappearance indicated that he was possibly dropped off at the Salina Rescue Mission, or was seen there the day he went missing, but that information has never been confirmed. The Salina Rescue Mission is approximately a half mile from where the skull was found on April 20.

- Anthony Patrick “Tony” Sinisgalli was last seen by his family at Jerry Ivey Memorial Park near the intersection of Magnolia Road and Ohio Street in Salina at about 5:30 p.m. on August 17, 1987. His wife, Vicki, saw him in a co-worker’s car going east on Magnolia Road toward the park. Sinisgalli was on way his home from work at Beech Aircraft Corporation in Wichita. His wife said she followed him to the park, where the co-worker, Edward Steinle, had dropped him off at his car after the two men had carpooled to Wichita. Sinisgalli, who was 36 years old at the time, had parked his car by the restrooms on the north end of the park. After being dropped off by Steinle, Sinisgalli spoke with his wife, who had also arrived at the park. He was apparently surprised to see her and told her he was not feeling well. Sinisgalli's wife tried to convince him to let her drive him to their home in the 400 block of Missouri, and pick his car up later, but he refused. She then left him to get help from her brother. When Sinisgalli's wife returned to the park a short time later, he was gone. His car, a 1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass, was still parked by the restrooms, locked, with all his belongings, including his lunch box, inside. He didn't show up for work the next day and has never been seen or heard from again. He was officially reported missing on August 19, 1987. Since Sinisgalli's disappearance, he has not used his Social Security number, credit card or bank accounts, and he has not contacted any of his family. He was devoted to his two children and it is uncharacteristic of him to leave without warning. Shortly after his disappearance, police received a report that someone fitting Sinisgalli’s description had purchased a bus ticket for Lawrence, Kansas at the Salina bus depot and boarded that bus, but authorities there had no leads on that person’s whereabouts. In September 1990, a television show called “Crimestoppers 800” featured Sinisgalli’s case. As a result of that show, police received 42 tips on the case. Callers to the show reported sightings of Sinisgalli in several states, including California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Texas and Utah. It is not known if any of those sightings were ever confirmed. Sinisgalli is originally from New York, where his parents, who are Italian immigrants, lived. He had been living in Salina for about nine years prior to his disappearance. He originally worked at the Beech plant in Salina, which was not far from where the skull was recently discovered, was laid off, and later hired by the Beech Plant in Wichita. Sinisgalli reportedly had a drinking problem, and on the day he disappeared, he had reportedly drank a pint of vodka. His family fears that he may have become homeless and an alcoholic. They distributed missing person fliers in New York and in Florida, where his sister lived, but he has never been found.

- Alex Michael LaRussa, 25, was last seen in the area of Iron Avenue and Ohio Street in Salina at about 9:30 p.m. on December 8, 2017. He was driving a tan 2004 Ford Explorer with Kansas license plates. His family said they last heard from him around 4 a.m. that same day. He was reported missing on December 15, 2017. On January 14, 2018, his vehicle was located abandoned on a farm in New Cambria. LaRussa's clothing, cellular phone and wheelchair were inside it, but there was no sign of him and he has never been heard from or seen again. Earlier that year, LaRussa had moved from Great Bend to Salina after he injured his leg and had to have it amputated. His mother stated he was in a lot of pain and wanted to be closer to his family.

As of this writing, it is not known of any of these persons are connected to the recently discovered skull. Law enforcement authorities continue to investigate.

Anyone with information regarding the skull is asked to call the Saline County Sheriff's Office at 785-826-6500. Anyone with information regarding the unsolved cases above is asked to call the Salina Police Department at 785-826-7210. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 785-825-TIPS or text SATIPS to CRIMES (274637), or visit https://new.tipsubmit.com/en/create.

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From left to right: Kathryn Adam, Kenny Reitcheck, Anthony Sinisgalli, and Alex LaRussa.
 
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@nurseratchet46 Welcome to the forum. You had posted a note in your profile and I believe you meant to reply to this thread. You wrote: "Any new news on the Partial top skull ,that was found in Salina about 3 weeks ago??no DNA results yet I guess...."

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@nurseratchet46 Welcome to the forum. You had posted a note in your profile and I believe you meant to reply to this thread. You wrote: "Any new news on the Partial top skull ,that was found in Salina about 3 weeks ago??no DNA results yet I guess...."

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Unfortunately, we have not any new info to report on this. Hopefully, soon.