Questions Swirling After “Missing” Teen Discovered Dead In Semi
Kansas City, Kansas – The body of a Kansas teen was found in the back of a semi-trailer Saturday morning in Kansas City.
Seventeen year old Jasmine Mills was last seen on Thursday, when she and her sister were paid to clean the inside of a semi-truck.
The man who hired the girls for the odd-job was an adult family friend, according to the their mother, Deanna Peters.
“She [Mills] pretty much looked at him like a dad or grandpa kind of figure,” Peters told The Kansas City Star. “I trusted her judgement because she’s known him forever.”
Police and family have yet to officially identify the man who hired Mills, so it is unclear whether he is a truck driver.
Timeline of Events
According to Mills’s godmother, Kacee Knedlik, Mills went missing shortly after her and her 16-year old sister, Aliesia Boll, returned from cleaning the semi.
“He called her again and said, ‘You guys forgot to take the trash out,’ and so she went up there by herself,” Knedlik told local station KCTV.
Mills didn’t return Thursday evening, and her mother reported her missing on Friday.
“We’ve known him for a couple years, but I’ve never been comfortable around him and as many times as I’ve told her not to go out there alone, the one time she did, she came up missing,” Boll lamented.
According to a media release by the Olathe Police, officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of South 12th Street in Kansas City around 9 a.m. Saturday.
The area contains railroad tracks, junk yards, and trucking companies.
It was there authorities located Mills’ body in the back of a semi-trailer.
— Olathe Police (@OlathePolice) June 30, 2019
Kansas City [Kansas] Police Chief Terry Zeigler said Mills was “believed to be dead for a couple of days” before her body was located.
Officials have not stated if the unidentified man is connected to the disappearance and subsequent death of the teenager.
Anyone with information about Mills’ disappearance and death is asked to call Olathe Police Department at (913) 971-6950 or the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-8477.
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