Real Name: Kristi Suzanne Krebs
Location: Fort Bragg, California
Date: August 10, 1993
Occupation: Pizza parlor cashier
Date of Birth: December 29, 1970
Weight: 140 lbs.
Marital Status: Single
Characteristics: Brown hair, blue eyes. Right thumb is deformed; it is thick at the knuckle while the tip curves inward towards the hand. She has several moles on her neck below her right cheek and talks with a slight lisp. When last seen, she was dressed in her work uniform which consisted of a blue short-sleeved shirt with Round Table Pizza on the left front portion and baggy jeans.
Details: Twenty-two-year-old Kristi Krebs graduated from high school in 1989 and soon began working full time at a local restaurant in Fort Bragg, California. She soon, however, became obsessed with a married man that she worked with. She began playing scenarios in her head as if they were married and had children. She often spent time driving around, thinking about herself with the man.
On the night of April 30, 1990, she began driving around Redwood Forest in California when her car got stuck in the mud. Unable to get out, she began to lose her sanity. Suddenly, the car caught fire, but she was able to escape just in time; she then had an apparent mental breakdown and vanished. The next morning, she was found dazed and confused walking along railroad tracks.
Her parents then had her admitted to a hospital but were uncertain if she would ever be the same. At first, doctors believed that she was on drugs. However, she was eventually diagnosed as having a psychotic and traumatic breakdown. Six months later, after several treatments, she was released from the hospital and was told to return to work but only part time.
Three years would pass and everything seemed fine with her. She began to work two jobs, almost full time. On the night of August 9, 1993, she left work in high spirits and drove to a nearby public beach. A ranger told her that she had to leave the beach in a few minutes; this was the last time anybody saw her. She apparently began traveling south and ended up in a similar situation as what had happened in 1990; she then apparently had a relapse. Tearing up her papers and identification, she then vanished into the woods again. Her car was found the next day in Jackson State Forest, seven miles from where the first car fire occurred. This time, however, she vanished without a trace.
Sightings began occurring throughout the western United States. On June 30, 1994, an off-duty highway patrol officer picked up a hitchhiker on a road 300 miles from where Kristi's car was abandoned. The officer felt that there was something not right with the hitchhiker, and that she may have had mental issues. He also noticed that she had scars on her wrists; she said that she had a breakdown. She talked about various things that Kristi's family made them believe it was her. The officer later saw photographs of Kristi and was convinced that he had picked her up. Her family is convinced that she is still alive and unaware of her identity.
Suspects: None known
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the February 17, 1995 episode.
- Kristi Krebs at Unsolved.com
- Kristi's case on the Charley Project
- New image of long-missing Fort Bragg woman