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Postby PlayingWithFire » Wed Jun 06, 2007 5:19 pm

This really doesn't happen all that often here. But you might have heard the story, the girl is found dead today. The girl went to a neighbouring HS of mine. Sad stories... :o

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (AP) -- Police say they believe they have found the body of a teenager who disappeared four days ago after apparently being abducted from a department store parking lot.

Police Chief John Douglass said the body was found across the state line at a Grandview, Missouri, lake. Positive identification was pending, but authorities believed it was Kelsey Smith, 18. Police said volunteer searchers could stop their work.

Smith has been missing since late Saturday, when she was apparently abducted from the parking lot of a Target store in suburban Kansas City.

Investigators had isolated two signals from Smith's cell phone to an area about 15 miles east of the store.

Officers from several police departments and the FBI were involved in the search in a woods along a lake.

Several Kansas City television stations and The Kansas City Star reported the discovery of a body, citing unidentified sources.
Man videotaped near abduction area

Police were still seeking information about a young man videotaped entering and leaving the Target store within moments of Smith. He said police still considered the unidentified man a "person of interest" and not a suspect.

Smith's parents, Greg and Missy Smith, said Wednesday on "The Early Show" that they do not know the man in the surveillance video. (Watch the teen struggle with her abductor Video)

"None of our immediate family recognize him," Greg Smith told CBS.

Officers also continued to look for information about a dark mid-1970s Chevrolet pickup that was seen entering the Target parking lot shortly after Smith's car. Just before 7 p.m. Saturday, the pickup pulled into the parking lot aisle where Smith had parked about one minute earlier, police said. A man is seen leaving the pickup and going into the Target store Smith had entered.

On Tuesday, police also released video showing a woman they believe is Smith being forced into her car.

Smith, who graduated from high school less than two weeks ago, left the store around 7:10 p.m. and put packages into her car when someone ran toward her, police said. (Watch friends search for Kelsey Smith Video)

"You see two individuals come together, and there is no separation of those two individuals," Overland Park Police Chief John Douglas said. "So it is easy to conclude there was some kind of incident at the back of the car. Then the car leaves."

But the tape was "just not detailed enough" and was being enhanced at a forensics lab, Douglas said.

"We see activity," Douglas said of the videotape. "We are moving on the assumption -- because the prudent thing to do is to treat this as an abduction -- that there was some kind of force involved."

About two hours after Smith disappeared, her grandparents found her car in a parking lot at a mall in suburban Kansas City with her purse and packages still inside.

More than 50 detectives and officers from the area and the FBI were involved in the case, he said. (Watch the teen's parents ask for her return Video)

The Smith family increased the reward for information about Kelsey's disappearance to $30,000. Greg Smith, who has been in law enforcement for 16 years, described his daughter as an outgoing young woman who plans to be a veterinarian.

Investigators said they don't know whether Smith was picked at random or abducted by someone she knew.

Smith's sister, Stevie Hockersmith, 23, has been helping coordinate volunteer efforts.

"He doesn't know what he's in for," she said. "Honestly, she'll raise all hell, and she won't stop. Kelsey won't stop until her body makes her stop basically, until she just can't go on anymore."


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Re: Sad Story in KC

Postby teddy ballgame » Wed Jun 06, 2007 5:24 pm

I saw this story on T.V. this morning. Another young life wasted to some sicko. :t :,(
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Re: Sad Story in KC

Postby knapplc » Wed Jun 06, 2007 5:27 pm

Guys who do this stuff just don't realize how much surveillance there is in the world these days. This guy is not clever and he will get caught.

It's just too bad that the girl has to die because some guy is too stupid to realize that his actions have consequences. :,(
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Re: Sad Story in KC

Postby Jimboozie » Wed Jun 06, 2007 6:16 pm

I thought this was going to be a baseball thread about the Royals.
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Re: Sad Story in KC

Postby TheRock » Wed Jun 06, 2007 6:39 pm

Jimboozie wrote:I thought this was going to be a baseball thread about the Royals.


Not really the time for jokes.

Sad story, you always have the thought in the back of your mind when a girl goes missing like this that she might not make it back. But you always try to hold out hope. Tragic ending.

But yes, they'll nail this guy to the wall. They have a picture and vehicle, they'll ID the guy soon if they haven't already. Death by slow torture?
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Re: Sad Story in KC

Postby Old_Style » Wed Jun 06, 2007 6:50 pm

I started following this story a couple days ago. It's really a sad story. She had her whole life to look forward to and it all had to end this way.
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Re: Sad Story in KC

Postby PlayingWithFire » Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:07 pm

the police said they have their suspect in custody. ;D Hope it's the right guy. They say he crossed the KS-MO border to get the girl and that they are going to try to get the death penalty in Kansas. ;D
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Re: Sad Story in KC

Postby slomo007 » Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:34 pm

Any idea why he chose her? DId they know each other? Seems weird, and sad. :,(
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Re: Sad Story in KC

Postby PlayingWithFire » Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:42 pm

slomo007 wrote:Any idea why he chose her? DId they know each other? Seems weird, and sad. :,(


More details will come out the next few days. It's usually pretty peaceful here. The last time somebody died when they were in my HS was when somebody who tried to swim during a storm and drowned.
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Re: Sad Story in KC

Postby smoovethug » Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:56 pm

PlayingWithFire wrote:
slomo007 wrote:Any idea why he chose her? DId they know each other? Seems weird, and sad. :,(


More details will come out the next few days. It's usually pretty peaceful here. The last time somebody died when they were in my HS was when somebody who tried to swim during a storm and drowned.


I really hate when people say this. There are stupid people capable of doing stupid things everywhere. It is sad to say but with the world today, nowhere is really peaceful anymore. But back on topic this is a sad story, very tragic to see a young life wasted by some lowlife. If the death penalty is on the table, I hope he really pays for what he did.
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