September 4th, 2010
03:02 PM ET

Man missing for 3 months found safe

A Kansas man missing for more than three months has turned up alive and unharmed, CNN affiliate KMBC reports.

Luke Stevens, 23, of Tonganoxie, Kansas, disappeared May 26 from the home of his father, Dan Stevens, according to the Kansas City Star newspaper's website.

The father's 1983 pickup was found 50 miles from home not long after Stevens vanished, but there was no sign of Stevens, KMBC reported. Sheriff's deputies, volunteers, dogs and divers scoured fields, woods, lakes and streams multiple times to no avail, according to the Star.

Then late Thursday night, the phone rang at Dan Stevens' residence. It was his son calling from Kansas City, Missouri, to request a ride home, just like that, both outlets reported.

Stevens, who is 6-foot-5 and weighed 250 pounds when last seen, had lost a lot of weight and seemed disoriented, said his mother, Joyce Stevens, according to KMBC.

According to the Star's extensive story on the mystery, around 3 a.m. Friday, Dan Stevens issued a concise e-mail to family and friends:

"Luke is home and safe! Was living in the woods near Longview Lake. Thanks for all the support. Dan."

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  1. karen h

    Only in kansas.

    September 4, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Really....."only in Kansas"? You sound so ignorant!

      September 5, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. whatnext

    On Saturday Dan Steven was contacted by an agent who said, "I think we can market this diet."

    September 4, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TraciL

    this guy surely has some kind of mental problem, i hate it for him and his family.. And its sad that his parents prob thought he was dead, glad hes home now

    September 5, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. We all should care

    This young man needs a short stay (2-3 weeks) in an acute mental facility to be evaluated. Today's psychiatric drugs enable the mentally ill to live productive lives.

    September 5, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • no fool

      yup

      drug em up. Cures everything

      September 5, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
    • beezus

      what a ridiculous response.

      September 5, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. karen h

    Haldol I'M anyone? As far as babyboomer goes, he is definately not; an x, y, z generation from selfish class of babyboomers and that's why our country is going to hell in a handbasket. Thanks babyboomers. The comment on we being the 'ME' generation, write back and I'll tell you maybe we wouldn't have so many pedofiles running around.

    September 5, 2010 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. deanna

    Glad he's back maybe he felt the need to disappear for a bit to get away from some major stress he felt he was under or maybe he wanted to find himself as it were either way hope he found out what he may have looking for

    September 5, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. maron22

    Need more info to come to any conclusion. Sounds pretty fishy to me. Glad he was ok and made it back home

    September 5, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. no fool

    geez, he's safe and made contact with the fam. Adults have no duty to stay in contact with anyone if they don't want to. Being out of touch and going Thorough for 1 weeks makes him mentally ill?

    September 5, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. me

    Maybe that was his way of loosing weight, unlike most americans they just sit around and get fatter...

    September 5, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dee

    Anyone has the legal and moral right to get away from it all whenever they feel like it. But I also feel that we have a moral obligation to our loved ones to let them know that that's what we're doing, so they don't spend many weeks in terrible fear that we've been killed or whatever. I hope that he finds what he needs in life, and that he learns to live it to the fullest.

    Maybe this little adventure helped him with that. It is a very ancient coming-of-age rite in many cultures for young men to go off on a vision quest for a few months and do some soul-searching in the wilds. Maybe they had a wisdom that our modern culture has lost. A few books that might be of interest: Iron John, Fire In The Belly, On The Road; and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. (They should be easy to find online at amazon.com or other places.)

    September 5, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. LMD

    He is home,he is safe. If there is anything more,I hope he and his family get the proper help. It's between himn and his family and not the world.

    September 5, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. MOADEEB68

    wELL i DID THIS BEFORE AND I CAN TELL YOU WHY. SOMETIMES STRESS JUST OVERTAKES YOU AND INSTEAD OF DOING SOMETHING REALLY DUMB YOU JUST NEED TIME AWAY. WHY NOT TELL ANYONE? BECAUSE OF THE FACT YOU ARE NOT THINKING OF ANYONE ELSE BECAUSE YOUR MIND IS GOING IN MASS CIRCLES AND YOU STILL UNDERSTAND THAT EVERYONE WONT LET YOU GO. BUT YOU HAVE TO GO OR YOU WILL END UP HURTING YOURSELF OR DOING SOMTHING BAD TO GET THE HELP YOU NEED NOT REALIZING PEOPLE WOULD BE WILLING TO HELP YOU. I AM SURE THIS PERSON WAS LIKE ME DID EVERYTHING FOR HIS FAMILY TO BE HAPPY BUT HE WAS NOT.

    September 5, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. woeisme

    ....what a great outcome...i am happy the guy is doing fine...i can imagine the joy it must have brought to their loved ones...i understand him maybe being disoriented unlike many who are posting....and then there is a condition called amnesia...perhaps he suffered from that...i've heard true stories about such things happening...why is so hard to believe about this particular young man...

    September 5, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    Damn it CNN! I never trust when your site says a comment's been posted. Too many glitches over the past year. You should switch technology

    September 5, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dee

    One more book suggestion: The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, by Dan Millman. (It was also made into a movie, the DVD is easily available.) The authors of the other books that I mentioned, to the best of my memory: Robert Bly, Sam Keen, Jack Kerouac, and Robert Pirzig. It's not easy for young men coming into manhood in today's noisy and chaotic world where we're all so out of touch with our own inner depths. But there are books and websites out there that contain some real gems of wisdom, if you're willing to do some exploring. I wish all the best for Luke and his family.

    September 5, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
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