Michigan boy still missing after 12 years

Twelve years after a 12-year-old Benton Township boy went missing, his family still has few answers.

On Feb. 15, 2001, Steven Kraft left his home on Holly Street to take his two dogs for a walk.

While the dogs eventually made it home, Steven never returned.

Police and volunteers searched nearby woods and fields extensively, but turned up few clues about the boy's disappearance.

"The not knowing if he's warm, if he's safe, if he's being fed, where he's at, it's heartache," said Steven's cousin Mary Bassett.

Family and friends of Steven gathered together Friday night to hold a vigil and walk in his honor.

Many of them were Steven's cousins -- who also happened to be his closest childhood friends.

"We were always at each other's house every single day," said Steven's cousin Misty White. "We were not only cousins, but best friends, family, everything."

While there have been some new tips in the case, it's unclear where Steven is or what happened to him.

Family members are hopeful someone will remember a detail from the day Steven went missing that will lead to a break in the case.

"Something you didn't think mattered could matter a whole lot," Bassett said. "A strange vehicle in the neighborhood, any of that could bring a lot to this case."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Benton Township Police at 269-925-1135.


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