EAGAN, Minn. - A Twin Cities family hopes new age-enhanced photos will help solve the mystery of what happened to their son, who disappeared from their lives 26 years ago.

Christopher Kerze was just 17-years-old when he left his family's Eagan home on April 20, 1990. He told his mom, Loni Kerze, that he was sick that day and stayed home from school. When Loni returned home, she found a note from Christopher saying he would be back by 6 p.m. Police later found the family's van abandoned near Grand Rapids, Minn. but the teen was never located.

The day after his disappearance, the family received a letter in the mail from Christopher that was postmarked Duluth. His family said it was a farewell letter.

"You need resolution. You just have to know. So we need to know," said Jim Kerze, Christopher's dad.

After seeing the Jacob Wetterling case come to resolution this fall, the Kerze family decided to contact Eagan Police in hopes of finding their son. A new age-progression poster was laid out with help from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for release in the Grand Rapids area.

"I just want to give him a big hug and I hope he looks like that picture so I can recognize him. That's a long time," said Loni Kerze, Christopher's mom.

Besides the photos, the poster also describes two unique items believed to be with Christopher at the time he disappeared. One is a Mossberg 20 gauge bolt action shotgun with a three shell clip. The other is a zebra print watch.

A Twin Cities family hopes new age-enhanced photos will help solve the mystery of what happened to their son, who disappeared from their lives 26 years ago. 
A Twin Cities family hopes new age-enhanced photos will help solve the mystery of what happened to their son, who disappeared from their lives 26 years ago. 

Investigators believe the teen was wearing a light blue trench coat, a black shirt, blue jeans and brown leather shoes when he disappeared.

If you know anything about Christopher Kerze's whereabouts or what may have happened to him 26 years ago, call Eagan Police at 651-675-5700.