Warren father pleas for info in missing son’s death

Karen Bouffard
The Detroit News

Warren — For Larry Kudla, the news he received from Detroit police on Thursday was more than he could bear.

Larry Kudla, of Warren, with a photo of his son, Jason Kudla, whose body was discovered in Detroit on Thursday.

His son, Jason Kudla, had been found dead in Detroit; police believe he was killed. A search had been underway since early Sunday when the 30-year-old was last seen leaving a party in Hamtramck.

It was the second time in just five years that Kudla had lost a son. Jason’s twin, Jeffrey Kudla, took his own life in 2012.

“I only had the two sons, so now I have no children,” said Larry Kudla, a Ford Motor Co. retiree. “I always thought I’d have grandchildren at some time, so that hurts.”

Kudla called a press conference on Friday to answer what questions he could about Jason’s death. He said police have asked him to keep some details under wraps while they investigate, but he believes Jason had recently gone back to using heroin after going through treatment earlier this year.

The younger Kudla had been drunk at the Hamtramck party, and left after “knocking over things and misbehaving.”

“There could be a possibility that he went out to look for some heroin,” the father said. “Maybe he met someone or someone picked him up.

“I can’t really say much because of the Detroit homicide investigation.”

Jason Kudla was last seen near Evaline and Conant at about 1 a.m. Sunday, according to a flier his relatives circulated and Hamtramck police shared on the department’s Facebook page. Larry Kudla said Jason’s body was found not too far away, near Davison and Dean.

“What makes it worse is that both of them died tragically,” Larry Kudla said of his sons. “One a suicide and one a homicide.

“No parent should ever have to go through that.”

Wayne County and the Detroit Police Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday.