The Pine County Sheriff’s Office acting in cooperation with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has released a missing person alert.
Police are looking for Peter John Kunze, 44, and his children, Sean Emily Hanson, 16, and Joshua Kunze, 12. Mr. Kunze and his children did not show up to their last custody hearing on September 12th, and no one has seen them since that date. It is believed that Mr. Kunze may also be travelling with his two adult children, Ashley Kunze, 22, and Christian Kunze, 20. Police are on the lookout for the family of five, who are also believed to be travelling with their three dogs in Kunze’s Ford Explorer, license plate 952MUM. All of the children have brown hair and brown or hazel eyes. Peter Kunze is described as 5.9”, 220 lbs, with blue eyes.
Authorities have good reason to be concerned about this family. Regardless of why Kunze ran away, and the hypothetical results of the custody battle, the entire family is now in a dangerous predicament. It is nearly impossible in this day and age to raise children, (or even to live as an adult,) while hiding from authorities. When people talk about “going off the grid,” it is usually to live a life like the Unabomber’s, completely cut off from society, including modern medicine and all other modern conveniences. For some adults, this may sound like a vacation, but raising children while running from the law is far from utopia.
Even if Kunze chooses to take these children to the wilderness and home school them, they will have difficulty in the future if they ever want to get a job or live in regular society. Even strong proponents of “off the grid living” explain that raising children in this style is very challenging to downright dangerous. For more on this issue, see the following link-
The full details of the custody battle are not known at this time, but Kunze’s disappearance brings to mind many cases in the past where fathers have said that they were treated unfairly by the court system because the court almost always ruled in favor of the mother as the primary caregiver. If this indeed was the case, Kunze would have had better luck if he had hired a good lawyer and also joined a Father’s Advocacy group. For more on this issue, see the following links-
Police have advised that if you do see Kunze or any of his family members, you should not approach them but instead contact authorities. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Kunze and his family, please call the Pine County Sheriff’s Department at 320-629-8380, or call 911.
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