Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Kerstetter was last seen on Saturday, September 12, 1987 at 11 p.m. when reporting for his weekend shift. He worked as a maintenance man and a security guard at Corning Glass Works, an 112,000 square foot electronics manufacturing plant in Bradford, Pennsylvania. The next morning, September 13, a fellow security guard, John Lindquist, found Kerstetter's lunch pail, newspaper and keys on a cafeteria table. Kerstetter had been employed by Corning Glass Works, Inc for 27-years, and was assigned to work the 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. shift. He was supposed to check in every hour, but did not do so.
Between midnight and 1:00 a.m., while Kerstetter was the only guard on duty, video cameras in operation at the plant recorded that an unidentified, masked man entered the plant and was approached by Kerstetter. The two men met in a corridor, where they spoke for a short time. Kerstetter looked directly into the security camera. Authorities do not know if Kerstetter was signaling for help. Another camera later recorded an unidentified man entering the platinum area. A third view shows the masked person wheeling out a large bag. It is unknown if that the bag contained the missing platinum and/or Kerstetter himself.
The next day, Kerstetter was reported missing. Several days later it was discovered that platinum having a value of $250,000 was also missing. Investigation disclosed no sign of forced entry, and there was no evidence that a struggle had occurred.
Kerstetter's truck was still in the parking lot. A search of the truck showed that Kerstetter's truck keys were still in the ignition. A carton of cigarettes, a gun holster for a .22 caliber pistol (which has never been recovered) and Kerstetter's day pack were in the vehicle. No other sign of Kerstetter was found in or around the plant.
The disappearance of the platinum and also of Kerstetter are the subjects of continuing investigations by the Bradford Township Police, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Kerstetter has not been seen or heard from since September 13, 1987. His family does not feel he would have just disappeared, since he was close to his 6 daughters and his son, as well as his 2 grandchildren.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Pennsylvania State Police
Mckean County Cold Cases