Real Name: Phillip Taylor Kramer
Date: February 12th, 1995
Date of Birth: July 12th, 1952
Weight: 200 lbs.
Marital Status: Married
Characteristics: Caucasian male, Sandy blonde hair, blue eyes
Details: Taylor Kramer was the bass player for the Seventies group, Iron Butterfly. In later years, he was a computer engineer who co-founded Total Multimedia Inc. and SoftVideo Inc. in 1990. He also married and had two children. In 1994, he grew emotionally distraught as his companies went bankrupt and were re-organized. In the weeks prior to his disappearance, he told his wife Jennifer that he was working on an important computer and data compression project. He claimed that the program could take a missing child's photograph and find that child in a group of thousands of people.
On February 11, 1995, Taylor and Jennifer went on a hike in Thousand Oaks. While hiking, Jennifer noticed that Taylor had great amounts of energy. At one point, he pointed out a cross on a hill, telling her that their house was in the path of this cross. According to her, he was finding sacredness in everything. She now believes that his bizarre behavior was due to sleep deprivation.
On February 12, Taylor left home at around 9AM and went to visit his father-in-law. After leaving there, he went to Los Angeles International Airport to pick up a business associate and his wife. After arriving at the airport, Taylor waited for twenty-five minutes and then left for no apparent reason. He drove north, towards his home. During this time, he made several phone calls. At one point, he left a message for Iron Butterfly drummer and close friend, Ron Bushy. According to Ron, he sounded stressed and scared. After that, he called Jennifer and told her to call his business associate. When she asked where he was going, he would not answer. He claimed that, when he would see her, he would have a "big surprise" for her.
One hour later, Taylor made a call to 911 from his Ford Aerostar Van. He claimed that he was going to kill himself. That was the last time he was heard from, and no trace of Taylor or his van was found. However, since his disappearance, multiple eyewitnesses have come forward, claiming to have seen him alive. A pawn shop employee in Kenowga Park remembered seeing him in late February. At around the same time, a woman and her daughter saw him at a garage sale.
On February 28, two-and-a-half weeks after his disappearance, Taylor allegedly made one final call to his family. All he said was "Hello, hello". Taylor has never been located.
Suspects: None known
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the November 17, 1995 episode.
Results: Solved. In 1999, two photographers snapping pictures of old car wrecks at the bottom of Decker Canyon near Malibu, California found Kramer's Aerostar Van. His skeletal remains were inside; the cause of death was blunt force trauma, consistent with him driving off of a cliff. After an investigation, his death was ruled a probable suicide based on forensic evidence, financial problems, and phone calls made before he died, one of which stated he was going to kill himself.
- Philip's case on Unsolved.com
- Philip Taylor Kramer on Wikipedia
- Los Angeles Times Archive on Philip's disappearance
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