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Shirley on the National Center For Missing Adults website


Missing people in Kansas City, Missouri

KSHB 41 Action News

April 4, 2017

The human remains found in Cass County serves as a reminder of the dozens of people who have gone missing from the Kansas City metro area. These are the ones considered "cold cases" by the Kansas City Police Department. If you have information about any of these case, you're encouraged to call the Kansas City Missouri Police Department Missing Persons Section at 816-234-5136.

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Police: new leads in cases of missing KC women

KSHB 41 Action News

March 7, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Two Kansas City women were strangers before Friday night. However, Brenda Lamson and Bridget McKeown both share an indescribable heartache; they both lost their loved ones more than 10 years ago and their bodies still haven’t been found. They met for the first time at a support group for Parents of Murdered Children in Kansas City. Both families are begging for someone with information to come forward.

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Families of missing women want closure, and dogged investigator looks for answers

The Kansas City Star

March 6, 2014

Bridget McKeown and Brenda Lamson share similar tragic stories.

Both had female family members mysteriously vanish more than a decade ago in Kansas City and declared dead, even though no bodies were found.

Both purchased engraved headstones, with hopes of bringing their loved ones home, but the headstones still mark nothing.

And in both cases, no one has been convicted of murder.

This week, the women began sharing something else: the investigator overseeing their cases.

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Still Missing: A look at Kansas City cold cases

KSHB 41 Action News

May 4, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Police Department is handling more than 40 cold cases of missing persons. Some people on the list vanished nearly 30 years ago.

Investigators said these are some of the hardest cases to solve.

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The Elusive Pursuit of Justice : Guest Blog by James Hart

Investigation Discovery

August 30, 2008

Last week, I talked to a woman named Bridget McKeown about the sixth anniversary of her mother's disappearance. Shirley McKeown, 71, was driving to her daughter's house when she vanished on Aug. 24, 2002. Days later, police found her car. So much of her blood was spilled in the interior, investigators concluded, there was no way that she could still be alive. In the years since, they've never discovered exactly what happened to her. Despite the best efforts of police, her killer has never been held to account.

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6 Years Later: Who murdered Shirley McKeown?

Kansas City Star

August 28, 2008

Shirley McKeown, 71, disappeared on Aug. 24, 2002, as she was driving to her daughter's house in Midtown. When police found the vehicle on Sept. 3, so much of her blood was discovered in the interior that investigators knew she couldn't possibly have lived. Though her body has never been recovered, McKeown has been considered a homicide ever since.

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Missing Shirley McKeown

Kansas City Star: Unfettered Letters

August 27, 2008

Even after six long years, I still miss my neighbor Shirley McKeown. On Aug. 24, 2002, Shirley left our neighborhood to run over to her daughter’s house. She has never been seen since. Her white Cadillac was recovered later, but no sign of Shirley.

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Five years later, no resolution in Shirley McKeown case

Kansas City Star

August 27, 2007

Friday was the fifth anniversary of local woman Shirley McKeown's disappearance. The 71-year-old was probably carjacked while driving to her daughter's house, her family says.

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Rally for the missing

Kansas City Star: Unfettered Letters

June 21, 2007

I would like to thank the North Carolina-based CUE Center for Missing Persons for coming to Kansas City to hold a rally Sunday at the J.C. Nichols Fountain near the Country Club Plaza. About 200 people gathered to remember Summer Shipp, Sam and Lindsey Porter, Shirley McKeown and Jody Ledkins. Other missing persons remembered were Loy Evitts, Crystal Kipper, Joan Butler, Theresa Brown, Christine Rusch and many others whose names we couldn’t recall.

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On The Road To Remember Tour - Kansas City

Fox 4 News Kansas City

June 14, 2007

Everybody deserves to be looked for

Kansas City Star

Jun 6, 2007

I'd never heard of the Community United Effort before, but the North Carolina-based group's Center for Missing Persons has planned a national tour where they'll travel to different cities and publicize missing-persons cases. Their schedule includes a few rallies here in Missouri later this month.

The Kansas City stop will be for several local missing people: Shirley McKeown, Sam and Lindsey Porter, Jody Ledkins, Jon Van Dyke, and Summer Shipp...

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