The Disappearance Of Lee S.Cutler

On October 20th, 2007, Adlai Stevenson High School senior and Buffalo Grove, Illinois, resident Lee S. Cutler left the home of a friend around 10:00 am, seemingly, to go to his job at a clothing store in a local shopping mall.

He was never seen again.

On October 21st, 2007, Cutler’s locked Toyota Corolla was found at a wayside on highway 33 between Baraboo and Interstate 90 in the Baraboo Hills. A search of the area found the eighteen year old’s backpack with blankets near the Baraboo river. His pants containing his wallet, car keys, and some money were found partially submerged in the river. an empty coricidin bottle and an empty bottle of over the counter pain relievers was found nearby. Also found was a copy of “Into The Wild,” a book about a man who goes into the Alaskan wilderness seeking adventure only to die there. Tucked in the book were notes addressed to his family and friends. One note addressed to his mother read “My head is too big for my shoulders. Finally, I’ll be able to sleep. I know I’m not crazy. I love you mom. Please be happy.” and apologized for “being a coward.” A search of Cutler’s car produced a receipt time stamped at 1:41 pm dated October 20th, 2007, from the Kettle Moraine State Forest in Campbellsport.

The search for Lee Cutler was called off after the authorities concluded he was neither in the area nor was there any evidence he left with anyone else.

Cutler was seen on a Wal-Mart security camera purchasing the cold-flu medication and a bottle of pain relievers. He was alone.

Lee Cutler was active at his synagogue and was the leader of the B’Nai B’Rith, a Jewish youth group. October 20, 2007, has a numerologic significance tied to specific verses of the Simchat Torah which use the term “lekh lekha” meaning – “to go out.”

Cutler also has a history of depression. Reportedly, Cutler threatened suicide in his Junior year after breaking up with his girlfriend, for which he was hospitalized and received treatment. At the time of Cutler’s disappearance he was reportedly stable, happy, and not showing any signs of emotional distress.

There is no evidence of foul play and his bank account was never accessed after his disappearance.

Investigators have received tips of individuals matching Lee’s description in Texas, Wisconsin, and Alaska. One tipster claims they made contact with Cutler in a Minneapolis homeless shelter where Lee discussed going to California.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Lee S. Cutler should contact the Buffalo Grove Illinois Police Department or the Sauk County Sheriff’s Department.

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