Officials unveil $20,000 reward in Kazmerzak investigation

April Hemmes and Tom Kazmerzak, Ethan's parents, sat in the back of the room during the Oct. 30 press conference about the reward offered for help locating ethan.  Photos by Jeff Forward.

Franklin County Sheriff Larry Richtsmeier expressed his feelings about missing Hampton man Ethan Kazmerzak in simple words.

     "It's time for Ethan to come home," Richtsmeier said before numerous TV cameras and members of the press on Oct. 30.

     "Ethan is somewhere and, this is my personal opinion – not as sheriff - my personal opinion is, somebody knows something," Richtsmeier said. "Now's the time to come forward. This family has been through enough. This town has been through enough. This county has been through enough. So, if you know anything, anything, please give us a call."

     The press conference was held by Richtsmeier, Hampton police Chief Bob Schaefer and local businessman Brad Staley to formally announce a $20,000 reward for information leading to the location of Kazmerzak or his safe return.

     The trio spoke about the pain that's been caused by the mysterious disappearance of Kazmerzak and how they hoped someone would step forward with information that helps find Ethan.

"Ethan Kazmerzak has been missing about six and a half weeks now," Schaefer said. "If you have any information about Ethan, I ask that you please call the North Iowa Crimestoppers 1-800-383-0088 or the Hampton Police Department at 1-641-456-2529."

Read the full article in the Nov. 6 edition of the Hampton Chronicle.