Marion boy was last seen Tuesday

Published: Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 1:42 a.m.
OCALA - The Marion County Sheriff's Office has issued a nationwide Amber Alert for 11-year-old Adam Kirkirt.
Adam is missing and is believed to have been picked up from school Tuesday by his father's roommate, Frederick Fretz Jr., 42,
Last month, the boy moved into the mobile home his father shared with Fretz, whom he met while incarcerated in the Marion County Jail.
Fretz would drive the Dunnellon Elementary School fifth-grader to and from school and take him fishing about twice a week.
Adam's father, Ivert Kirkirt, said everything seemed fine. But Kirkirt did not know the friend he trusted with his son's safety was a sex offender, who in 1991 was convicted of sexual assault on a 10-year-old boy in Pennsylvania.
He did not find that out until Tuesday afternoon after Adam went missing.
Marion County Sheriff Ed Dean said the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement have joined deputies to search around the clock to locate Fretz and Adam.
They have scoured campsites in the Ocala National Forest and the area around Dunnellon Elementary with no trace of the two.
The Sheriff's Office has also issued a warrant to arrest Fretz for failure to register as a sex offender, spokesman Capt. Dennis Strow said. \ Ivert Kirkirt and his estranged wife, Dorraine Kirkirt, each made a public plea for Fretz to return their son home safe.
"I just want to tell him to bring my son home. I want him where he belongs," Ivert Kirkirt said. " I trusted you. You know he means everything to me. Please bring him back. Please be the friend I thought you were."
Dorraine Kirkirt, 39, said in December Adam moved into the gray and white single wide his father and Fretz rented in Oakwood Mobile Manor, so she could take on a second job to earn extra money after she was evicted from her Dunnellon home.
"I thought he would be safe with my husband," she said.
She said she last saw Adam on Monday night, when they went to the circus at the Marion County Livestock Pavilion. She said her message to Fretz was "just to bring him back."
"Even if he just drops him off somewhere, he'll know what to do. He'll find his way to a phone and contact us...I know he's scared," she said. "His family loves him always, no matter what, and we're looking for him."
Dorraine Kirkirt said her son is "your normal 11-year-old" who likes Pokemon, comic book heroes like Spiderman and The Hulk and video games, including his new Nintendo system. Ivert Kirkirt said his son is an outgoing, bright boy who likes riding his bike, playing catch with the football and fishing.
"If you let him, he would fish 24 hours a day," he said.
Fretz and Adam were last seen traveling in a white four door 1993 Chevrolet Lumina with a temporary tag reading K930950 on the left side of the rear window.
Adam is described as 5 feet tall weighing about 100 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing black pants, a white T-shirt and a black sweatshirt with a Spider Man symbol on it.
Fretz is described as 5 feet 11 inches tall, 240 pounds, blue eyes, with blond hair which he recently cut from shoulder length to a short "buzz" cut. He has also shaved off his facial hair. Fretz has worked shining chrome on tractor trailers at the truck stop at Interstate 75 and County Road 326.
Ivert Kirkirt and Fretz met in the Marion County Jail jail last year. Ocala Police arrested Fretz for a domestic battery for allegedly punching a former girlfriend, Bessie Ann Ade, during an argument at their home in Oakwood Mobile Manor, just north of the 3300 block of State Road 40. That charge was later dropped after Ade left town. But Fretz pled guilty to marijuana possession, after a plastic bag of the drug was found on him during booking at the jail. He served 56 days, according to court records. At that time, Ivert Kirkirt was in jail on probation violation for an aggravated battery conviction involving a June 2004 argument in Dunnellon in which he struck his wife, choked her 17-year-old son and hitting her 21-year-old daughter with his vehicle, according to a sheriff's report.
Ivert Kirkirt said that in jail he and Fretz realized they knew each other years ago in New Jersey and decided to move in together after they were released. He said they could split the rent and Fretz could drive to go shopping because Kirkirt did not have a valid drivers license. Kirkirt said he is on house arrest because of the probation violation, but he is allowed to go to church, and Fretz would attend with him. He said when Adam moved in, Fretz would often discuss the Bible with him and the two grew to develop a friendship. Ivert Kirkirt also informed Dunnellon Elementary administrators that Fretz would pick up and drop off his son.
"This is not a situation where some stranger walked on campus and grabbed a child," Marion County School district spokesman Kevin Christian said.
"This person was known to school administration, introduced to them by the child's father who said this person could come to this school to pick up and drop off (his) son."
Sheriff Ed Dean would not go into detail on Fretz's 1989 arrest for sexual assault on a 10-year-old boy for which he served five years in prison, but said there were similarities to the way he gained Ivert Kirkirt's trust.
"The situation here parallels what happened in Pennsylvania very closely, befriending the family," Dean said.
Fretz was in prison from 1991 to 1996 on that conviction.
Dean also acknowledged that Fretz should not have been released from jail and put on misdemeanor probation without someone running a record check which would show his prior conviction and the fact he had registered as a sex offender in Pennsylvania and Arizona.
"There were lots of steps through this process where his prior sex offense should have come to light," he said.
Dean said Fretz, who spent nearly two months in the Marion County Jail following his September 2004 arrest, was released before the records check was run on him. He said from now on, jail staff will run such checks even after an inmate has bonded out or been released.
Meanwhile, some neighbors in Oakwood Mobile Manor say the news about Fretz leaves them nervous about the safety of the many children who play outside in the community.
"It makes you cautious, like you don't know who to trust around here," said Cynthia Honor, 23, who lives across the street from the mobile home Kirkirt and Fretz shared.
Honor said her 3 year old and 6 year old nephews visit often and she was now worried about them playing outside there.
Diane Thorenton said she had brought her three children- ages 1, 3, and 6- to a baby-sitter who lives in Oakwood each day.
"Until I find out this person is no longer around, they will not be back," she said.
A manager, who declined to giver her name, said park management has started doing background checks on people who purchase mobile homes in the community, but has no control over an owner renting to tenants.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Fretz or Adam is asked to call the Marion County Sheriff's Office at (352) 732-9111 or 911.

Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.

Comments are currently unavailable on this article

▲ Return to Top