Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Thief in the Night

Tags: Kelsey Smith,

It's always sad to hear this kind of news. Even worse, we're all too familiar with this scenario, and surveillance cameras, electronic vultures are waiting, perched on buildings and light poles, recording everything with unblinking, uncaring eyes. A dear departed friend, John Colagrande, once warned me "Dave, the world is crawling with cuckoos. They can't stop them all. People just have to be careful."

(KANSAS CITY, Kansas) - CNN reports that police in Kansas have discovered the body of missing teen Kelsey Smith from Overland Park, Kansas. They were directed to the area of her body by using cell phone signals, in an area just over the Missouri border.

The discovery was made just outside of Kansas City in an area where two nature trails come together.

The 18-year old has been missing since Saturday, June 2nd. She was last seen leaving the Target store just south of Oak Park Mall at 7:00 PM.

Smith, a recent Shawnee Mission West High School graduate, was expected to drive directly home from the Target store but never made it. She bought a present for her boyfriend and then was observed on a videotape being abducted and forced into her own car.

Police have released a video of a young man who they are calling a person of interest.

The man, who is approximately 6 feet tall and about 25 years old, was seen leaving the store shortly before Smith.

Her car - a 1987 two-door Buick Regal - was found June 2nd in the parking lot of Macy’s at Oak Park Mall.

I'm sure as time passes there will be more to this story: to get the latest details click here.

Added 10:47 PM - Steve Huff's True Crime Blog is one you should bookmark, as Steve always follows these prominent cases. If you are a prayerful person, you may want to remember Kelsey Smith, her parents and her friends. When you do, all of your own problems and frustrations seem small and meaningless.

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  1. Very sad and much too many of these cases in the news recently.

  2. Hi David

    when i read these stories i cry

    my brother was murdered 5 years ago

    nothing can take the place of a loved one lost


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