$10,000 reward offered in Brian Klecha case

For Immediate Release
December 26, 2019
LAKELAND, Fla. – A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspect(s) involved in the Brian Edward Klecha missing persons case. FDLE agents continue to search for the 35-year-old who was last seen on December 27, 2017.   The reward is being offered by the family of Brian Klecha, Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay and FDLE.

“After two years, we continue to work leads in this case, but we need more information.  Someone knows what happened to Brian or where he is now, and we won’t stop until we know,” said FDLE Tampa Bay Special Agent in Charge Mark Brutnell.  “We are asking anyone with information about Brian Klecha to please contact Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 800-873-TIPS (8477).”

Brian Klecha was last seen making a banking transaction on December 27, 2017, at MidFlorida Credit Union in Auburndale.  He has ties to Orange, Polk and Hillsborough counties and was an employee of the Disney Corporation. 

Agents believe Mr. Klecha did not leave or go missing on his own and believe he may have been the victim of domestic or drug abuse.

On February 11, 2018, his vehicle was found abandoned on State Road 618 in Tampa at the Morgan Street exit.  Investigators believe the Jeep had been involved in a car accident a few days earlier.

If you have information about the disappearance of Brian Edward Klecha, please contact Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 800-873-TIPS (8477).  Tips can remain anonymous. To be eligible for the full reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay.

For Further Information Contact:
Gretl Plessinger, Jessica Cary or Jeremy Burns
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001

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