Kara Kopetsky- Missouri- 2007 Aug 21, 2015 10:38:28 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Aug 21, 2015 10:38:28 GMT -5
(Pictured: Above: Left: Kara circa 2007 Right: Kara at 23 (circa 2013) Photo Credit: Charley Project and/or NCMEC)
Missing Child/Person Profile as of August 21st, 2015: (based on Missingkids.com poster)
Missing Since: May 4, 2007
Missing From: Belton, MO
DOB: Feb 17, 1990
Age Now: 25
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Hazel
Weight: 110 lbs
TIPS: Anyone having information should contact 1-800-THE-LOST or the Belton Police Department (Missouri) at 1-816-331-1500
Kara Kopetsky was 17-years old when she went missing from her Belton, Missouri home. The case was profiled on the June 9th, 2007 episode of America's Most Wanted, and was also profiled on the Investigation Discovery channel's "Disappeared." Below is the Charley Project description of the case:
Kara was last seen at Belton High School, in Belton, Missouri on May 4, 2007. She was a junior there at the time, and had an after-school job at a Popeye's Chicken restaurant. She has never been heard from again. Authorities initially believed she had left of her own accord; she had a history of running away for a couple of days at a time. However, Kara is now believed to be missing under suspicious circumstances. She has not accessed her bank account (which contained $150) or her MySpace page since she went missing, and the Motorola Razor cellular phone she always carries has been shut off. Kara did not drive at the time of her disappearance, and she left her clothing, cigarettes, makeup, hair straightener, iPod, debit card and other personal belongings behind. She was carrying a black leather hobo bag when she disappeared.
There was a possible sighting of Kopestky in Louisburg, Kansas on May 17, thirteen days after her disappearance. She was accompanied by an unidentified man. A sketch of the man is posted below this case summary. Authorities have not determined that the girl seen in Louisburg was Kara, but they would like to verify the sighting and identify the man. Another teenager, Kelsey Ann Smith, disappeared from Overland Park, Kansas in June 2007. She was found murdered a couple of days later. There was speculation that Smith's and Kara's cases were related; they disappeared not far apart from one another and were of similar age and appearance. However, a suspect was charged with Smith's murder and investigators decided her death and Kara's disappearance are unrelated.
Shortly before her disappearance, Kara got an order of protection against Kylr C. Yust, her boyfriend of nine months. Kara stated he was stalking her and that he had had choked her and threatened to slit her throat. She claimed that on a separate occasion on April 28, just a week before her disappearance, he had waited outside her workplace until she finished her shift, forced her into his vehicle and driven her around against her will for awhile before she was able to jump out of the truck and escape. Yust was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and assault in connection with the incident. He was considered a possible suspect in Kara's disappearance, but he cooperated with the investigation, he has an alibi for the time she went missing and he also passed a lie detector test. He denied having ever abused her.
Kara lived with her mother, stepfather and younger brother at the time of her disappearance. Her parents are divorced and her father lived in a nearby town. She was occasionally truant from school in 2007. Authorities stated there is no evidence of foul play in Kara's case, but they do not believe she ran away from home. Her case remains unsolved.
Thoughts? It should be noted in 2013, Kylr Yust was sent to prison for 4 years for drug trafficking. He reportedly told a Judge "eat a steak for me" when asked if he had anything to say at sentencing. So whether he had anything to do with Kara's disappearance or not, we can say this was not a nice guy she was hanging around with. And while Kylr is innocent and hasn't been charged with anything, I'm allowed to state my opinion as well, and say I find it hard to believe Kylr doesn't know anything about Kara's disappearance at the very least. The timing of her disappearing after that restraining order is a bit too coincidental. Unless she ran away to get away from Kylr, but police have no evidence she voluntarily disappeared. Heck, if you look at the unknown suspect photo, Kylr doesn't look that far off. (You can see him on video in one of articles below about his drug trafficking conviction).
(Above: Unidentified male possibly seen with Kara Kopetsky. Photo Credit: Charley Project)
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