Missing Broncos Fan Never Came Back To His Seat, family in panic

Updated: October 28, 2014
Missing Broncos Fan Never Came Back To His Seat, family in panic

Relatives of a Broncos fan who went missing during last week’s game are wondering how a man with no known health or personal problems could seem to vanish without a trace.

Paul Kitterman, 53, was last seen at halftime leaving his seat in Section 230 of Sports Authority Field at Mile High. He and his stepson, Jarod Tonneson, had traveled 100 miles to watch the Broncos face off against the San Diego Chargers. Tonneson said his stepfather went to meet friends between halves–and never came back.

Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said detectives do not suspect foul play, and said police are considering the possibility that Kitterman left his on his own.

“Adults have free will and free choice, and there’s no crime against going missing,” Jackson told sister station KCNC.

But Tonneson says Kitterman wouldn’t have ditched him.

“He wouldn’t just take off, you know?” Tonneson told KCNC. “He wouldn’t leave me there.”

Tonneson said his stepfather wasn’t drunk, having had just a few beers in as many hours; nor did he have any health issues or personal problems. Kitterman didn’t have much money on him; in their haste to get to the game on time, Tonneson said Kitterman left his credit cards at home and took very little cash. Kitterman also forgot his phone.

Tonneson stayed at the stadium until 1:30 a.m. Friday. He says he searched the entire facility, called local hospitals and detox centers, and has posted fliers all over Denver. He’s hoping stadium officials will look over surveillance video.

“Look at it, tell them exactly where we were at what time and see where Paul went after everyone left him and while I was still in the bathroom to see where he went between–it was a five to 10 minute window,” Tonneson said.