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Post by TomTerrific0420 on Mon Aug 10, 2009 4:25 am




Seventeen-year-old
Kara Kopetsky of Belton hasn't been seen since May 4. All her family
and friends have left of her are pictures like this, propped up against
a vigil candle that her stepfather and mother, Jim and Rhonda Beckford,
keep burning in their living room. Below, family photos of Kara as a
happy child and with her brother, Thomas.



MISSING Kara (it’s pronounced CAR-uh) Kopetsky Last seen: May 4 at Belton High School
Appearance: White female; 5 feet, 5 inches tall; 125 pounds; light
brown hair; hazel eyes; scar on forehead What she was wearing: Blue
jeans, black studded belt, gray T-shirt with white skulls on it, black
and gray Vans sneakers with bleach splotches and black leather hobo bag
If you have information: Call the TIPS Hotline, 816-474-TIPS
(816-474-8477)




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Re: KARA KOPETSKY - 17 yo (2007) Belton MO

Post by TomTerrific0420 on Sun Aug 09, 2009 3:29 pm

Kara disappeared from Belton, MO on May 4, 2007. She was last seen leaving
Belton High School. Kara does not have a car, so she would have either
been on foot or someone was there to pick her up.

Kara is 17 years old and would have just finished her junior year in high
school. She is 5' 5", with brown hair and hazel eyes. As you can tell
from the pictures, she is known to change her hair color. She no
longer has braces as seen in some of the pictures.

The first door on the left leads into Kara's bedroom. She always kept it
closed. She wanted Thomas, her 8-year-old half brother, to stay out.
She didn't want her parents to hear her climbing in through the window
when she forgot her house keys — again.

She didn't want her stepdad to hear her talking with friends on her cell
phone late at night. One month she talked so much and sent so many text
messages that her cell phone bill was 40 pages long. Behind that door
is everything Rhonda Beckford has left of her 17-year-old daughter,
Kara Kopetsky. Everything and nothing.

On the first Friday of May, a sunny spring day that tempted grown-ups to
leave work early and kids to skip school, Kara didn't come home from
classes at Belton High School. She hasn't been seen or heard from
since. No one knows what happened to her. Not her parents, not the
police, not friends who have posted messages on Kara's MySpace page:

Hey Hunny! I freakin miss u! The family is doin everything imaginable to bring u home safe. They are goin crazy for u girl.





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Re: KARA KOPETSKY - 17 yo (2007) Belton MO

Post by mom_from_STL on Thu Aug 27, 2009 3:54 pm

Rumors Swirl in Kara Kopetsky Case



Last Update: 8/21 11:15 am


Kara Kopetsky, the day she vanished

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BELTON, Mo. – Escalating and troubling rumors about developments in the Kara Kopetsky investigation are unfounded according to Belton Police.

Kopetsky’s mom, Rhonda Beckford, said the rumors began sweeping through Belton last week.

“My family is just, they want the rumors to stop,” Beckford said, “They want to know where they're coming from. They want to know whether there is any truth to it. It's really tearing the family apart."

Kara Kopetsky has been missing since May, 2007. A surveillance camera at Belton High School recorded the last moments of her known whereabouts.

Police say the rash of rumors could've been sparked by actual follow-up investigations, but that the details into the missing teen’s disappearance that have hit the streets are unfounded.
Kara Kopetsky


“We are aware of several rumors in regards to the above investigation, to include that a body, clothing items, and other objects have been found,” said Capt. Don Spears with the Belton Police Dept. in a written statement. “None of these are true whatsoever.

Kopetsky’s mom said the gravity of what police supposedly found, according to the rumors, increased as the stories circulated through Belton.

“Somebody was digging and they found her cell phone. Then, the next thing we heard was they were digging and they found her clothes,” Beckford said. “After that we heard they actually found her body.”

In the living room the family keeps photos and mementos of Kara, many spread out on an open family bible.

“It's open like that every day with Kara's pictures on it, because I can't watch over Kara, but God can,” Beckford said. “God's with her every single day.”

The family has a website dedicated to finding Kopetsky and has established a $30,000 reward for information that leads to finding the missing teen.

Police say they are actively investigating the case. They're asking anyone with information to call the tips hotline at 816-474-TIPS.


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Post by mom_from_STL on Thu Aug 27, 2009 3:57 pm

NEW YORK (CNN) -- On May 4, 2007, Kara Kopetsky, a 17-year-old high school junior in Belton, Missouri, was not having a good day.

She forgot one of her textbooks and called home and asked her mom to drop it off at the school office. She also asked her mother to wash her uniform so she could work the 4 p.m. shift at Popeye's Chicken.

Later that morning, Kara had an argument with one of her teachers in class, according to police and her family. Frustrated, she left campus about 10:30 a.m., ditching school for the rest of the day.

A school surveillance video shows her walking out. But no one can say which way she went, or whether she got into a car.

It was the last time anyone saw or heard from her.

Police say there has been no activity on Kara's cell phone since shortly after she walked out of school. They followed some pings from the phone, conducted some searches, but found nothing significant. Beyond that, they aren't commenting.

Kara's stepfather says the cell phone's long silence makes him suspicious.

"This doesn't make any sense," said Jim Beckford. "Kara was on her cell phone sending texts constantly. Her cell phone bill was typically 80-100 pages long."

When Kara didn't come home from school as usual, her family -- mother Rhonda, stepfather Jim and stepbrother Thomas -- grew worried. They filed a missing persons report later that afternoon.

Police told them they believed Kara was a runaway, and that she'd come back on her own in a few days.

Two years later, her family hasn't heard a word from Kara. She left behind most of her belongings -- money, clothes, iPod and a new carton of cigarettes. Her bank debit card was left in her school locker and her bank account, with $150 from her recent paycheck, remains untouched.

According to police in Belton, the case is being actively investigated. But with no certain evidence of foul play, police continue to characterize Kara's disappearance as an endangered and missing adult case.

The state of Missouri considers Kara Kopetsky to be an adult because she was 17 when she disappeared.

Belton Police Capt. Don Spears said police are looking at several persons of interest, but haven't narrowed their investigation to focus on a single suspect.

Her family says she has no history of running away. They say they fear that she was abducted when she left school that day.

"She is a very beautiful girl and so we often warned her to be careful, but like any teen, she had an attitude that she was invincible," her stepfather said.

About a month after she disappeared, Kara's case was eclipsed by another sensational case -- the abduction and slaying of Kelsey Smith.

Smith was taken from a store parking lot in Overland Park, Kansas, and her body was found in the Missouri woods, six miles from Kara's home in Belton. A suspect was charged, pleaded guilty, and is serving a life sentence.

Police in Belton and Overland Park compared notes but could find no connection.

According to family and police and Kara's MySpace profile, she had an on-again, off-again boyfriend. He lived in her neighborhood, was 18, and attended the same high school but dropped out earlier the spring Kara disappeared.

Kara was trying to end the relationship, friends told police. It is unclear whether the two saw each other the day Kara vanished.

A $30,000 reward is offered for tips leading to the whereabouts of Kara Kopetsky or the arrest of anyone responsible for her disappearance.

Police and family urge people to call the Belton Police Department's tip-line at 816-474-TIPS. Kara is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall and 125 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.

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Re: KARA KOPETSKY - 17 yo (2007) Belton MO

Post by TomTerrific0420 on Wed Apr 07, 2010 6:18 am

FBI agents searched a field near 155th Street and
U.S. Highway 71
Wednesday morning possibly in connection with the
case of a missing Belton teen.Kara Kopetsky disappeared almost
three years ago. The 17-year-old was last seen leaving Belton High
School. She was seen on a surveillance video leaving the school. The
video suggested that Kopetsky was leaving on her own and was not being
forced. Her parents and a friend reported her as a missing person
shortly after her disappearance.More than 200 searchers are combing the
area, looking for clues in the disappearance of Kopetsky.Police
from several agencies, including the Belton police, the Cass County
Sheriff's Department, the Kansas City police, Missouri Highway Patrol,
and about 25 Marines from a nearby Marine mobilization command walked
through about 400 acres of ground.Mahoney reported that sometimes
the searchers were standing almost shoulder to shoulder as they walked.Searchers
have not reported recovering any human remains.A spokeswoman for
the FBI, Bridget Patton, called the canvass "a thorough grid search."Patton
said the area has been searched before. But the early spring conditions
-- less brush and foliage and no snow -- gives the searchers a better
look at the area.The search had
been planned since sometime last week, when the organizing of
volunteers commenced.

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Re: KARA KOPETSKY - 17 yo (2007) Belton MO

Post by TomTerrific0420 on Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:31 am

A search of a wooded area in southern Kansas City today didn’t turn
up any new information on the disappearance of Kara Kopetsky nearly
three ago.More than 220 officers with law enforcement agencies
started an exhaustive examination of a 400-acre area just east of the
former Richards-Gebaur airport, near East 155th Street and U.S. 71.,
about 9 a.m. today. It was over about 1 p.m. The area has been
searched before, “but never a shoulder-to-shoulder grid search,” said
FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton.This particular land, dense brush
and woods on slopes, comes up consistently in the investigation, she
said.Officers from Belton police, FBI, Missouri Highway Patrol,
Kansas City police, Cass County Sheriff, Blue River Police Academy and
United States Marine Corps assisted.Rhonda Beckford, Kara’s
mother, said Belton police told them last week of investigators’
intentions today. “It’s just an area that they wanted to search,”
she said. Her husband, Jim Beckford, said they did not know what led
police to that area, or why they’re doing it now. He said it’s possible
authorities are going over the area to rule it out. “Just the
emotional strain of not knowing pulls on you,” Beckford said, adding
that he and his wife just “try to count their blessings.”“As a
mother, it’s painful,” she said. “It’s been three years.”Kara was
17 years old when last seen at Belton High School on May 4, 2007, on
security cameras heading for an exit.Family and friends are
planning a walk in her memory at 2 p.m. May 2 at the Cedar Tree Shopping
Center in Belton. The annual event is a way to honor her and keep the
case in the public eye.

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Post by TomTerrific0420 on Thu Apr 08, 2010 12:31 am

The parents of Kara Kopetsky learned some time ago not to let the
hope in their hearts or the fear in their minds escape from their short
tethers. Wednesday was another day of keeping their emotions
subdued, held in tight control. A morning search of a wooded area
in southern Kansas City stirred up memories, but nothing more, of a
missing teen.“It’s been three years,” Rhonda Beckford, Kara’s
mother, said of her family’s efforts at patience.“I just wait to
get a phone call. I try not to jump to conclusions.” Belton
police had called last week, telling the Beckfords that authorities had
scheduled a careful search of a 400-acre area just east of the former
Richards-Gebaur airport, near East 155th Street and U.S. 71.More
than 220 officers from the Belton and Kansas City police departments,
FBI, Missouri Highway Patrol, Cass County Sheriff’s Department, Blue
River Police Academy and U.S. Marine Corps walked side by side across
the tract of dense brush and woods.The media expectantly gathered
on the fringes of the land. The family did not. This was emotional
ground they had covered before. The search began about 9 a.m. It
was over about 1:30 p.m.More of the same nothing; no questions
answered, closure denied.“As a mother, it’s painful,” Beckford
said of the empty hours, days and months since her 17-year-old Kara left
for school on what seemed a normal morning. “We have no idea
what happened to Kara after May 4, 2007.” That was the day Belton High
School security cameras caught the student heading for an exit.Continuing
to get calls and tips, Belton police keep the Beckfords up to date.
This particular tract comes up consistently in the investigation, said
FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton. It’s been searched before, “but never a
shoulder-to-shoulder grid search.” Beckford’s husband, Jim, said
they did not know what led police to that area, or why they’re doing it
now. He said it’s possible it was just to finally rule it out.Now
the family waits for next call.

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Post by TomTerrific0420 on Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:11 pm

Law enforcement
officials spent Thursday searching two ponds and they continued the
hunt for a missing Belton teen.Kara Kopetsky who went missing
from Belton on May 4, 2007, was last seen at Belton High School.FBI
officials confirmed that more than 200 FBI agents, Belton police, Cass
County Sheriff's Department officers and U.S. Marines fanned out in
lines and searched an area near 155th Street and North Scott Road on
Wednesday. There is no word on what prompted Wednesday's search.On
Thursday, the focus of the search moved to two ponds in the same area.
Members of the Lee's Summit Underwater Rescue and Recovery Unit spent
the day searching in the ponds.A water level in the smaller of
the ponds was drained for the search and divers went down into the murky
waters of the other pond. One of the divers remarked
that the water was so thick it was like swimming in "chocolate milk."Police
made no discoveries during the search on Thursday.

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Post by TomTerrific0420 on Mon Apr 19, 2010 2:56 pm

Some cold cases see periodic
bursts of activity and then go cold again.
The disappearance of Kara
Kopetsky, a high school junior who vanished three years ago in Belton,
Missouri, appears to be one of those cases.
This month, police conducted a grid search on a field five miles from Belton
High School, where Kopetsky was last seen.
The search area was within the
Kansas City limits, said Rhonda Beckford, Kopetsky's mother.
"Its near an old military air
base. It's basically a wide open field," Beckford said.
She says police had searched the
area before, and she doesn't know what prompted investigators to search again.
"When we searched the area before,
it was not in the same way," explained Capt. Don Spears of the Belton
Police Department. "This time we did a shoulder-to-shoulder grid search
of the 400- acre area."
The April 7 search turned up no clues, and police say they're no closer to finding Kopetsky.
"She is a very beautiful girl, and so we often warned her to be careful, but like any teen, she had an
attitude that she was invincible," said her stepfather, Jim Beckford.
Kopetsky was 17 when she walked
out of her high school for the last time May 4, 2007. It was something
she often did, her mother says. Kopetsky would leave around 10:30 a.m.,
return between 1 and 2 p.m. and stay until school let out at 3:30 p.m.
"She didn't get along well with two teachers who taught her mid-day classes, and so she would leave
after her morning classes, take a break and then come back for her
afternoon classes," Rhonda Beckford said.
That day, Kopetsky had forgotten
one of her textbooks. She called home and asked her mom to drop it off
at the school office. She also asked her mother to wash her uniform so
she could work the 4 p.m. shift at Popeye's Chicken.
A school surveillance video shows Kopetsky walking down a corridor and out the door of the high school.
But no one can say which way she went or whether she got into a car. It
was the last time anyone saw or heard from her.
When Kopetsky didn't come home from school as usual, her mother and stepfather grew worried. They
called police and reported her missing.
The worried parents say police told them that they believed Kopetsky was a runaway and that she'd come
back on her own in a few days. But Beckford is certain her
daughter didn't run away. "I believe someone picked her up. She got into
someone's car, someone she knew," she said.
Police say Kopetsky's cell phone records show that the last phone calls she made before leaving the
school grounds include one to her mother and that she exchanged text and
voicemail messages with her boyfriend for about 20 minutes.
But, police say, there was no
activity on Kopetsky's cell phone after she walked out of school,
indicating that the battery went dead or was removed from the phone.
In the days after Kopetsky was reported missing, investigators followed pings from the phone and
conducted some searches in Belton but found no clues. Beyond that, they
aren't commenting on the investigation.
Kopetsky's stepfather says the cell phone's long silence makes him suspicious.
"This doesn't make any sense," Jim Beckford said. "Kara was on her cell phone sending texts constantly.
Her cell phone bill was typically 80 to 100 pages long."
Kopetsky's mother said her daughter's boyfriend was questioned, and his home and truck were
searched. But police found nothing out of the ordinary.
Kopetsky left behind most of her belongings: money, clothes, an iPod and a new carton of cigarettes. Her
bank debit card was left in her school locker and her bank account, with
$150 from a recent paycheck, remains untouched.
According to Belton police, the case is being actively investigated. But with no certain evidence of
foul play, police continue to characterize Kara's disappearance as an
endangered and missing adult case.
The state of Missouri considers Kopetsky to be an adult because she was 17 when she disappeared.
Belton Police Capt. Don Spears said police are looking at several persons of interest but haven't
narrowed their investigation to focus on a single suspect.
Kopetsky's family believes she was abducted by someone she knew, but police have not ruled out the
possibility of abduction by a stranger or drifter.
"The school doesn't sit too far from a major highway, so it's not outside the realm of possibility,"
Spears said.
About a month after she disappeared, Kopetsky's case was eclipsed by the abduction and slaying
of Kelsey Smith, who was snatched from a store parking lot in nearby
Overland Park, Kansas. Smith's body was found in the Missouri woods, six
miles from Kopetsky's home in Belton. A man was charged and pleaded guilty, and is serving a life sentence.
Police in Belton and Overland Park compared notes but found no connection.
Kopetsky is described as 5 feet, 5 inches tall and 125 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.
A $30,000 reward is offered for information leading to her whereabouts or the arrest of anyone
responsible for her disappearance. Anyone with more information is asked
to call the Belton Police Department's tip-line at 816-474-TIPS.

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Re: KARA KOPETSKY - 17 yo (2007) Belton MO

Post by TomTerrific0420 on Tue May 04, 2010 10:44 am

$50,000 Reward Announced for Information
Leading to the Whereabouts of Missing Teen


KANSAS CITY, MO—Chief James Person, Belton
Police Department and FBI Special Agent in Charge Brian Truchon
announced today a $50,000 reward for information leading to the
whereabouts of missing teen Kara Kopetsky. The announcement of this
reward is in addition to any other reward monies being offered.
Kara, who was 17 years old at the time of her
disappearance, was last seen leaving Belton High School on May 4,
2007 at 9:20 a.m. “The passage of time can never diminish the loss of a
child. We are hoping announcing this reward, in conjunction with the
three year anniversary of her disappearance, may trigger someone’s
memory and they will come forward with valuable information” said SAC
Truchon.
The FBI working jointly with the Belton
Police Department will be taking tips at a 24-hour command post at
15499 Kensington, Kansas City, Missouri from Tuesday, May 4 through
Thursday, May 6, 2010. “Any information, as insignificant as it may
seem, could be vital to this investigation” said Chief Person.
Anyone with information regarding her
disappearance can provide information confidentially through the
command post or by contacting the Belton Police Department (816)
331-3500, the FBI (816) 512-8200 or the TIPS HOTLINE 816-474-TIPS.
Descriptive Information:
Kara Kopetsky
Last seen leaving Belton High School on May 4, 2007 at 9:20 a.m.
wearing dark jeans, a black studded belt, a gray T-shirt with white
skull print, a gray three-quarter sleeve sweater, black and white
checkered tennis shoes, and a black leather hobo bag. She is described
as 5’5” tall and 125lbs. She has light brown, red, and blonde hair
with hazel eyes and a scar on her forehead.

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Post by TomTerrific0420 on Tue May 04, 2010 10:53 am

The reward for information about a western Missouri teenager missing
for three years is up to $80,000.
The FBI has added $50,000
to the fund for information into the disappearance of Belton resident
Kara Kopetsky.
Kopetsky was 17 when she was last seen leaving Belton High School on
May 4, 2007. She's described as 5 feet 5 inches tall and 125 pounds,
with light brown hair, hazel eyes and a forehead scar.
The FBI is joining with the Belton police in taking tips on the case
through Thursday.
Anyone with information may call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS
(8477).

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Post by kiwimom on Sun Aug 29, 2010 12:53 pm

Authorities Search Rugged Country After Tip in Kara Kopetsky Case
Bob Stepanich, edited by Jason Vaughn
5:37 PM CDT, August 28, 2010

BELTON, MO -

Authorities in Johnson County, Kansas, are searching
are an area in the eastern part of the county after receiving a grim tip
in the search for missing Belton High School student Kara Kopetsky.

Johnson County Sheriff's deputies on Saturday searched an area very
close to where the missing teen vanished nearly three-and-a-half years
ago. Sheriff Tom Erikson says it's been more than a decade since Johnson
County has performed such an exhaustive search on such a grand scale.

Erikson says sheriff's deputies along with three separate fire companies
have been searching through the dense weed and brush for a week.

"Anytime you hear on the news that they're searching for a body, that
they got a tip that there's a body, of course it goes through your mind
especially since it's so close," said Rhonda Beckford, Kopetsky's
mother. "It could possibly be Kara."

Authorities have searched an abandoned building, and have drained two ponds in the area without any results as of yet.

Kara Kopetsky mysteriously vanished just over three years ago. Surveillance video shows Kopetsky walking out of school.

"We need resolution," said Beckford. She says that three-and-a-half
years of searching have taken their toll, and this latest search still
may not provide any answers.

"You get up in the morning and it's the same question every day," said Beckford. "Where is Kara?"
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Post by TomTerrific0420 on Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:29 am

A surveillance video shows 17-year-old Kara Kopetsky walking out of her high school on May 4, 2007, before classes let out.She was having a bad day. She'd forgotten one of her textbooks, and that morning she called home and asked her mother to drop it off at the school office. She also asked her mother to wash her uniform so she could work the 4 p.m. shift at Popeye's Chicken.A bad day got worse when Kara had an argument with one of her teachers in class, according to police and her family. Frustrated, she left campus about 10:30 a.m., ditching school for the rest of the day.When Kara didn't come home from school as usual, her family -- mother Rhonda, stepfather Jim and stepbrother Thomas -- grew worried. They filed a missing persons report later that afternoon. Police told them they believed Kara was a runaway, and that she'd come back on her own in a few days.More than three years later, no one can say what happened to the high school junior from Belton, Missouri.The case remains cold, but her parents are now going public with new details about what was going on in Kara's life before she disappeared.They say she was being stalked by a former boyfriend and had obtained a restraining order against him two weeks earlier. Police confirm that there was a pending domestic violence case and protective order naming the boyfriend, when Kara vanished. The charged were later dropped.Investigators say the ex-boyfriend is a person of interest in the case, because he may have information as to her whereabouts and the relationship between the two was tumultuous before she vanished.The boyfriend, whom we're not naming because he's not been charged, did not return CNN's calls seeking comment. A person who answered the phone at his lawyer's office said there would be no comment.According to family and police and Kara's MySpace profile, the boyfriend lived in her neighborhood, was 18, and attended the same high school but dropped out earlier the spring Kara disappeared. She described their relationship as on and off.Police say there has been no activity on Kara's cell phone since shortly after she walked out of school. They followed some pings from the phone, conducted some searches, but found nothing significant. Beyond that, they aren't commenting.Her stepfather says the cell phone's long silence makes him suspicious."This doesn't make any sense," said Jim Beckford. "Kara was on her cell phone sending texts constantly. Her cell phone bill was typically 80-100 pages long."She left behind most of her belongings -- money, clothes, iPod and a new carton of cigarettes. Her bank debit card was left in her school locker and her bank account, with $150 from her recent paycheck, remains untouched.Initially, the Beckfords said, police told them to keep quiet about the alleged stalking case. But, because three years have gone by without any solid leads, they are speaking about a startling incident they say one week before Kara vanished.Kara's parents say the ex-boyfriend showed up at Popeye's on April 28, 2007 and was kicked out of the restaurant by a supervisor. But he came back as Kara got off work at 10:30 p.m., parking his truck around the corner and waiting, according to the Beckfords and court documents.When Kara left work, they say, he grabbed her and dragged her into his truck. A friend called Kara's cell phone and she answered, saying her former boyfriend had abducted her. Soon afterwards, he pulled off the interstate into a parking lot and Kara jumped out of the moving vehicle to safety. He drove off, leaving her behind.Kara went to the police station the next day and filed charges and her mother filed for a protective order. In the petition, Kara states why: "Because I am unsure of what he will do next, because the abuse has gotten worse over time.""We were asked by police to not talk about this" Rhonda Beckford said. "We were also asked by the Belton police to drop the abduction charges against Kara's boyfriend, just a few weeks after she vanished, as a strategy. In case her boyfriend did know where Kara was, he might be more willing to cooperate and help in the investigation if he weren't facing criminal charges."According to police in Belton, the case is being actively investigated. But with no certain evidence of foul play, police continue to characterize Kara's disappearance as an endangered and missing adult case.The state of Missouri considers Kara Kopetsky to be an adult because she was 17 when she disappeared.Belton Police Capt. Don Spears said police are looking at several persons of interest, but haven't narrowed their investigation to focus on a single suspect. And, he said, police still cannot rule out the possibility that Kara simply ran away.Her family says Kara has no history of running away."She is a very beautiful girl and so we often warned her to be careful, but like any teen, she had an attitude that she was invincible," her stepfather said.An $85,000 reward is offered for tips leading to the whereabouts of Kara Kopetsky or the arrest of anyone responsible for her disappearance.
Police and family urge people to call the Belton Police Department's tip-line at 816-474-TIPS. Kara is described as 5 feet, 5 inches tall and 125 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.

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Re: KARA KOPETSKY - 17 yo (2007) Belton MO

Post by kiwimom on Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:52 am

BELTON, MO —



Police searched an area at 90th and Elm St. in south
Kansas City for missing teen Kara Kopetsky on Wednesday but found
nothing. Sgt. Brad Swanson with the Belton Police Department said 30 to
40 officers were involved in the search, at the scene and elsewhere. The
FBI also assisted.

Kopetsky has been missing since May 4, 2007. She was last seen on
surveillance video leaving Belton High School early. Her parents, Rhonda
and Jim Beckford, haven't heard from her since.

Sgt. Swanson said they received information a couple weeks ago that prompted Wednesday's search.

"We believe there might be something to find here," he said.

The area that police search on Wednesday was smaller in comparison to
other searches conducted over the years. The location spanned five to
six blocks east and west and approximately two to three blocks north and
south. Sgt. Swanson said the area was comparable to a flood plain and
is lined with trees. It lies 50 to 60 yards away from any homes.

Sgt. Swanson said with the information gathered over the years they have
a "fairly good idea what transpired in the hours after" Kopetsky left
school on May 4, 2007. But police have yet to find evidence leading them
to where she is.

There is an $80,000 reward for answers in her disappearance. Tomorrow, Feb. 17, would be her 21st birthday.

http://www.fox4kc.com/news/wdaf-police-search-south-kc-for-kara-kopetsky-021611,0,1550057.story

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Re: KARA KOPETSKY - 17 yo (2007) Belton MO

Post by kiwimom on Wed May 04, 2011 1:28 pm

BELTON, Mo. -- The family of Kara Kopetsky said they still hold out hope that someone knows something about the missing teen.May
4 marks the fourth anniversary of the day she went missing. With each
passing year, the signs and purple ribbons continue to go up to mark the
anniversary."It is a little harder to keep coming up with new ideas to keep it in the public eye," said Kara's mother, Rhonda Beckford.The
tips continue to flow into the Belton Police Department, although
recent searches have turned up nothing. The FBI is also involved in the
investigation."They don't really want to tell us, because the what ifs can really tear you up," said Jim Beckford, Kara's stepfather.The
Beckfords said they will do what they can to make sure no one forgets.
They said people have asked them to give up and move on, but they lean
on something more to keep them going."If it wasn’t for God, I don't know where Jim and I would be," Rhonda Beckford said. "It's brought us closer together."The Beckfords are hoping the $80,000 in reward money will motivate someone to call police if they know
http://www.kctv5.com/news/27779593/detail.html

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