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Family Says Former Iron Butterfly Rocker Mysteriously Disappeared

February 22, 1995 GMT

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) _ The family of former Iron Butterfly bass player Philip ``Taylor″ Kramer pleaded for help Tuesday in locating him.

Kramer, 42, was last seen Feb. 12 when he drove off to pick up a friend at Los Angeles International Airport.

He spoke to his wife, Jennifer, twice that morning from his cellular phone, and told her he would meet her for dinner that night. He never arrived at the restaurant, saidDetective Tom Bennett of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.

``He’s just gone,″ Bennett said. ``We’re not ruling anything out, but we’ve got no indication of foul play.″

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Iron Butterfly drummer Ron Bushy joined Kramer’s sister, Katherine; his father, Ray; and friend Dan Shields at a news conference Tuesday.

There has been no activity on Kramer’s cellular phone or credit cards since Feb. 12 and the family has hired a private investigator, Shields said.

He read a short statement from Kramer’s wife, in which she asked the police and the public for help in finding him.

``The Taylor Kramer I know would never, for any reason or under any circumstances, allow himself to completely abandon the family he loves more than life itself,″ she said.

Kramer was a singer and bass player in 1975 with Iron Butterfly, which had several incarnations with various band members. The band’s most famous song was the 17-minute ``In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida″ in 1969.

Kramer went on to work in aerospace and more recently became involved in interactive media. He is chief technology officer at Total Multimedia in suburban Newbury Park.