Real Name: Claudia Ann Kirschhoch
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Negril, Jamaica
Date: May 27, 2000
Date of Birth: February 9, 1971
Weight: 105 lbs
Marital Status: Married
Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes.
Details: Twenty-nine-year-old Claudia Kirschhoch was a last-minute replacement on a travel junket to the Sandals' new resort in Havana. She arrived with three other travel writers in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on the morning of May 24, 2000, but they soon learned that they would not be traveling to Cuba, so they were basically stranded in Jamaica because their flights back to New York were booked through June 1. On May 25, she and Tania Grossinger were sent to the Sandal's resort in Negril and they had meals together and talked over drinks in the evenings. she also became friends with bartender Anthony Grant and she went dancing with him. Then on May 27, Tania was able to get a plane back to New York for later that day and called her room at 8am, and they went to breakfast and then said their goodbyes. That afternoon she was seen by a lifeguard in a bathing suit and t-shirt with a portable radio walking away from the resort on the beach, and this was the last confirmed sighting of her. The next day, Anthony called in sick and was out of work for four days. On June 2, when she did not show up in New York for work, her parents were contacted and they called Sandal's officials. The officials apparently mishandled the investigation greatly and they made great mistakes and lied several times to the Kirschhochs.
A search through her room showed that nothing except for a bathing suit was missing. The rest of her clothing was found neatly packed in her room. Her passport, $180 in cash, credit and ATM cards, cell phone, and camera were also retrieved from the hotel safe. Subsequently, her belongings were apparently taken out of her room and it was rented out, possibly contaminating a crime scene and possible links to her whereabouts. Her cell phone then disappeared, as did the log book that took the license plates of all the cars in and out of the resort. Also, the video surveillance had been taped over, which may have videotaped something that could tell what happened to her. In subsequent searches by the FBI, a hair of hers was found in the backseat of Anthony's white Toyota Corolla and a search dog found her scent in there as well as some of his boots and gloves. Finally, a knife was found in his house that had blood on it, but DNA tests were inconclusive. He was given a lie detector test but the result were also inconclusive, and he is no longer considered a suspect in her disappearance. The Kirschhochs hope that one day they will learn what happened to her.
Suspects: Anthony befriended Claudia before she disappeared, and police dogs tracked her scent to his room. He was given a polygraph, but the results were inconclusive. He is not considered a suspect in her case.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the August 31, 2001 episode.
Results: Unsolved. Claudia was declared legally deceased in May of 2002 after a judge declared that she would not have left on her own accord, but she has never been found.
- Claudia Kirschhoch on Unsolved.com
- Claudia Kirschhoch on the Charley Project
- A Parent's Hell in a Bit of Paradise
- Archive on Claudia's Case
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