Monday, June 4, 2007


Reward Offered in Search for Missing Kansas Teenager.
Monday, June 04, 2007

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Police worked leads Monday as the family of a Kansas teen missing since Saturday offered a $5,000 reward for information about her whereabouts.

Police have gotten tips from people who might have seen Kelsey Smith, 18, who disappeared Saturday night near a shopping mall, said Overland Park Police Capt. Tom Fredrickson. Other tips about a car like hers or a suspicious incident have also come in, but a lot of the leads haven't panned out, he said.

"Please call the Overland Park police or the TIPS Hotline and let us know where she is at," Greg Smith, Kelsey's father, told KMBC-TV. "We just want our baby back, that's all."

Officials are trying to establish Smith's whereabouts between 7:10 p.m., when she left a Target store, and 9:15 p.m., when her vehicle was found parked outside the Macy's at Oak Park Mall.

Smith had run an errand that her family said should have taken 30 minutes. Her cell phone and ATM card were missing from her purse. Smith recently graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School and had planned to meet her boyfriend at home after the errand to attend a graduation party and go out to dinner.

Smith is 5 feet 6 inches tall and 120 pounds with long brown hair and brown eyes, KMBC-TV reported. Smith last was seen wearing a pink tank top and black shorts, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 816-474-TIPS.


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Sheila Peace said...

This is another heartbreaking story of a regular person's life being interrupted while running an errand on her own. As a mother I am heartbroken and terrified for Kelsey and her family. I am petrified of what awaits my own kids. We shouldn't have to fear running to the store alone. We shouldn't have to fear taking a stroll or jogging alone. We shouldn't have to fear taking a bike ride by ourselves. But unfortunately we do have to fear these things. I don't know the overall answer. As cautious as some of us may be, who could ever predict being jumped from behind, much less do anything about it. I think in all malls and in all strip malls, no matter how small, the time has come to have security patrols from the minute employees begin arriving to the minute the last person leaves the lot. It stinks, but that's where we're headed.

My stomach is in knots for Kelsey and her family. I will pray as hard as I can for all of them.

Zoltan said...

Sheila- thank you for your comments. I can't agree with you more. It's a sad day when we can't even go to the store and not worry about get accosted.

I started this blog for the very reasons you mentioned and I think I will have something to say on the rash of abductions we have been seeing lately.

I have been in contact with some in LE who have been slowly coming to the conclusion that this is not new, but the fact that bodies are disappearing is.

We don't know what happened to Kelsey yet, and although I admit it doesn't look good at all, we need to remember that Shawn Hornbeck was found after almost 4 years away.

Carpe Noctem and I will continue to post all of the relevant videos for you to view. Please tell anyone else that is looking for the videos that they can find them here.

As we have all learned during the Natalee Holloway case, it is important to save everything.

Please don't be a stranger and prayers for the Smith Family.

Carpe Noctem and I are at their disposal at anytime.