(DENVER) — Authorities are combing through hours of surveillance footage from Thursday’s Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers game and seeking people who may have seen Paul Kitterman after the 53-year-old father went missing during halftime.
Kitterman seemed to be happy and behaving normally, his companions said, and told them that the experience of going to his first Broncos home game was “awesome.” Soon afterwards, he vanished.
“We searched the stadium we have been going to hospitals,” said his stepson, Jarod Tonneson, who went with him to the game. “We have just been all over the place.”
Court records revealed that Kitterman had a history of relatively minor motor vehicle citations over more than a decade, though more recent legal troubles involved a bank and the Colorado Department of Revenue.
His friend, Tia Bakke, who went with him to the Broncos game, said she knew he had money problems, but doubted that would have been reason for him to vanish at the game.
“If he wanted to leave town because of money problems, he would have come home, gotten all of his money and left,” she told ABC News.
Denver police said that they were still actively investigating the missing persons case. Foul play was not being considered because “there’s nothing to suggest it at this point,” police spokesperson Sonny Jackson told ABC News Tuesday.
“We’re being open-minded about the investigation,” he said.
“With 70,000 people and cameras all over the stadium, you would see something if a violent crime occurred,” Jackson told ABC News on Monday.
Kitterman was sitting with Tonneson after going to the game with Bakke and another friend, who were sitting in a different section. He was last seen when he left to go meet those friends during halftime.
Kitterman, a construction worker and ranch hand from Kremmling, Colorado, did not have his cellphone or any credit cards — and only had about $50 cash — when he went to the game, Bakke told ABC News.
“He would never bail on his son, or anyone so by Friday night, we knew something was really, really, wrong,” Bakke told ABC News.
Police were not actively searching on foot for Kitterman because they were not sure if a crime occurred.
Much of the search has been put in the hands of friends passing out fliers and officials at Sports Authority Field, who were digging through the game surveillance footage.
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