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Do you know who Karl Klinge is?

In 1988, a man was found deceased along with a suicide note that was signed by Karl Klinge, but authorities can not find anyone named Karl Klinge and think the man might have been using an alias. Do you know who this man is?

Written by Carol Incitti

On January 1, 1988, the body of a suicide victim was discovered 200 feet from the water line off Lovers Cove at Lake Mead in Nevada.

Before the discovery of the body, a MGB convertible, with Oklahoma plates, had been towed from a parking lot on December 12, 1987. Inside the car was found a suicide note, dated 12-6-87, that stated the man’s mother died two months earlier and that she was his only reason to live. He had no other family. The note also said that he had a terminal illness and didn’t want to prolong the inevitable.  The suicide note was signed Karl Klinge.

Copy of actual suicide note (Courtesy of Carol Incitti

The man had killed himself with a derringer gun. Also, inside the car and his pockets were receipts from a grocery store and auto parts store in Houston, Texas. He would have been about 5’3”.

Karl Klinge Facebook page

So, why does the car or the gun not lead us to his identity?

The car was a very recent purchase and the seller did not have any information on the man. This tells us that the purchase was paid in full, in cash. Was this paid for with inheritance money? The car must have never been registered in the new owner’s name. (The seller had apparently no information on the buyer- he must have been from the region- there was no report of the buyer having an accent.)

The gun was never registered.

Why does the name Karl Klinge not lead us to his identity?

Well, authorities tried to find a women who died in 1987 with the last name of Klinge- there was one but not the right one. So, Karl’s mother must have had a different last name.

Clarkcountynv.gov Clark County Agency Case Number: 88-0009

NamUs.gov NamUs Case Number: UP #9127

Doenetwork.org Doe Network Case File: 2047UMNV

“Karl killed himself believing that he would not be missed, I hope he was not right about that. Being that we know his name, we know his mother died late 1987, we have DNA and its likely he was from Texas or Oklahoma this seems like a pretty easy case to solve. We just need to get it in front of someone that knew him,” says Carol.

If you have any tips or leads on this case, please contact the Facebook page set up for Karl.

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