UPDATE: Statewide Silver Alert canceled for missing Ozawkie man

Kenneth Klenklen is missing since Wednesday, September 15.
Kenneth Klenklen’s car is a 2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer Edition that’s black with tan trim.



The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) that Kenneth Klenklen, 59, of Ozawkie, the subject of a Statewide Silver Alert, was discovered deceased Tuesday, Sept. 21, in a remote area of western Jefferson County. The silver alert is now canceled.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office wishes to extend their sincere condolences to the Klenklen family on the loss of their loved one. The Sheriff’s Office also wants to offer their appreciation to the public, the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Valley Falls Fire Department, who provided invaluable assistance in the recovery of Mr. Klenklen.

Should anyone have any further information in regards to Mr. Klenklen`s disappearance, please contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 785-863-2351.


The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Kenneth Klenklen. Klenklen is a vulnerable, older white male, who is 59 years old. He is 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing approximately 155 lbs. He has blue eyes and gray hair. Klenklen suffers from Dementia, Parkinson’s disease and has other health issues.

Klenklen was last known to be at the Jefferson West Junction Convenience Store in Meriden, at approximately 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15. He was last seen wearing black shoes, black pants, a black t-shirt and a blue unbuttoned short-sleeve shirt.

Klenklen was driving his black with tan trim 2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer Edition bearing Kansas License Plate 246 MUZ.

Klenklen is known to frequent the Ozawkie American Legion and the bars in Oskaloosa. Klenklen also has been known to frequent the Prairie Band and Sac and Fox Casinos in the past.

If you have any information, or see Klenklen or his vehicle, please contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 785-863-2351 or your local law enforcement agency.

The Sheriff’s office first issued the silver alert to local media on Friday, Sept. 17, but Klenklen has not be located, so the silver alert has been expanded to a statewide alert.

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