Police find remains of Missouri woman 7 months after her disappearance

Posted April 08, 2017

A second of two bodies found in late January while searchers were looking for a missing Raymore, Missouri, woman in the south Kansas City woods has been identified as a 19-year-old Kansas man, police said Friday.

The Kansas City Police Department now says they are investigating Jessica's death as a homicide.

The other set of bones already has been identified as those of Jessica Runions.

Runions' family has been out almost every weekend in the past seven months searching for her.

Kylr Yust, 27, has been questioned about the 2007 disappearance of Kopetsky, and has been charged with burning Runions' vehicle, which was discovered after she disappeared.

Runions, of Raymore, Mo., was last seen the night of September 8, when she left a party in south Kansas City with a friend of her boyfriend's, 27-year-old Kylr Yust.

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"Capt. Tieman says cadaver dogs narrowed down the search area to about 15 acres that 'we felt we needed to go through with human eyes", Capt. Tieman said. She was last seen at Belton High School in May 2007. In 2007, Kopetsky filed for a protection order against Yust. "We would not continue to search if we thought we had them all", Weber said.

"I don't know what to think", Kara's mother, Rhonda Beckford, told Fox 4 KC.

Yust also has been questioned in Kopetsky's disappearance.

"We have started over and gone back to square one and then [we have gone] back out again and then started back at square one", her father, John Michael Runions, told 20/20 in January. Yust has been charged with setting her auto on fire, but more charges may be coming thanks to an eerie twist in the story.

Jessica Runions went messing in September 2016 after reportedly getting a ride home from a party with Kylr Yust.

He has not been charged in either woman's disappearance. "I don't think I could get through this without them and my family and friends", Jamie Runions said. NBC affiliate KHSB reported that Kopetsky is a former girlfriend of Yust's. He has been charged with burning her vehicle. We have resources at the county, but we don't have everything we need.