Police search for missing Missouri woman


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The disappearance of a 21-year-old suburban Kansas City woman who hasn’t been seen since Thursday is considered a suspicious missing persons case after her abandoned, burned vehicle was found near a road in south Kansas City, police said.

Jessica Runions, of Raymore, was last seen leaving a party on Thursday night. Her mother reported her missing Friday evening, and the search for her is ongoing.

On Sunday, 27-year-old Kylr Yust was taken into custody around 8:30 a.m. in Edwards, Missouri, on charges of “knowingly burning” Runions’ vehicle, Kansas City Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kari Thompson said in a statement.

KSHB-TV reported Yust, who currently faces no other allegations in Runions’ disappearance, was being held on a $50,000 cash only bond. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

Runions’ mother, Jamie, said she is doing all she can to get the word out about her daughter on social media and plans to put up posters across the Kansas City area.

“I’m numb. I can’t think,” Runions told The Kansas City Star Sunday afternoon. “But right now I have positive news that my daughter wasn’t in the car when they found it. And that’s what’s going to keep me going right now. There’s hope.”

Runions received a text from her daughter Wednesday evening and she posted a picture on Facebook Thursday afternoon. The family has heard nothing since then, Runions said.

The two were scheduled to meet at a doctor’s office Friday afternoon because Jessica has been recovering since her appendix ruptured two weeks ago.

“That wasn’t like her,” Runions said. “She needed that doctor’s appointment to go back to work. She loves her job.”

Jessica works in the restaurant at Foxwood Springs senior living community in Raymore.

Detectives spent Saturday night interviewing people who may have seen Jessica Runions in the past few days.

“We’re all praying every single minute,” said Jessica’s grandmother, Linda Runions. “Just to hear that she’s OK.”