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Christopher stayed home from school on April 20, 1990. He said he had a bad headache, and his parents left him alone at their residence in Eagan, Minnesota. When they came home, the family's light blue 1988 Dodge Caravan was gone, the family dog was running around loose, and there was a note on the kitchen table from Christopher reading:
Mom, Something important came up + feeling somewhat better. Back by six. (Unless I get lost.) Love, Chris
The word "lost" in the note was underlined twice.
Christopher never arrived home and has never been heard from again. He withdrew $200 from his savings account the day he disappeared. The next day, a handwritten note arrived at his parents' home, postmarked Duluth, Minnesota. The note said Christopher had lied about being sick so he could use the family's car to get away "to not even I know where." He said he intended to commit suicide and apologized for hurting his family and loved ones. Two days after Christopher was last seen, the Dodge Caravan was found abandoned on the roadside in Itasca County in northern Minnesota, near the George Washington State Forest and the Chippewa National Forest, about twenty miles north of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Christopher left a note inside explaining who owned the van. His grandparents lived in Grand Rapids. An extensive search of the area turned up no indication of his whereabouts; it's possible he hitchhiked to an unknown destination.
Prior to his disappearance, Christopher hadn't given any indications there were problems in his life. He was an excellent student who'd been invited to join the National Honor Society and was a National Merit Scholar semi-finalist, and he was a member of his school's swimming team and played the clarinet. His other hobbies included skiing, camping, reading, laser tag and computers.
Christopher was carrying his father's 1954 to 1956 model Mossberg 20-gauge bolt-action shotgun with a three-shell clip at the time of his disappearance, but he apparently didn't take any ammunition with him. Authorities believe the gun may have been abandoned somewhere in rural Minnesota and was possibly found later by a hunter. Photos of a similar gun, and watch similar to what Christopher was wearing, are posted below this case summary. Investigators would like to hear from anyone who found such a gun in 1990 or afterwards. Christopher's case opened 2018 by Psychic Brian Ladd and many agencies classify it as a runaway. His parents still live in the house where they lived in 1990, and have kept the same phone number.
Left: Closeup of shotgun;
Right: Shotgun and watch