One of two sets of remains found in Cass County identified as Jessica Runions; her case is now a homicide
04/05/2017 11:46 pm PDT
April 24, 2017:
April 5, 2017:
By Andrew Lynch, WDAF
CASS COUNTY, Mo. -- (WDAF) -- Investigators say that one of two sets of human remains found in Cass County are missing woman Jessica Runions, who hasn't been seen since September. The Jackson County Medical Examiner made the identification, and her family has been notified.
Police were previously investigating her case as a disappearance, and it's now been classified as a homicide.
Runions was last seen the night of Thursday, September 8 when she left a party at about 9:30 with a friend of her boyfriend's, Kylr Yust.
Police found her Chevrolet Equinox burned out in a remote area near Blue River Road and Bannister a day after her mom reported her missing on September 9. Investigators searched the area surrounding where the SUV was found without success.
Although Jessica and Kara probably never knew each other, and although Jessica is about five years younger than Kara, they do a share a connection to Yust, who was Kara's boyfriend.
He pleaded not guilty to the knowingly burning a vehicle, and is currently in custody at the Jackson County Detention Center. His case has been sealed but his trial for the Class D felony is scheduled for October 16, 2017.
Runions worked as a baker at an assisted living facility, mixing her love for being in the kitchen with her love for caring for people young and old.
“She took care of her sisters, helped raise them essentially, and she loved them so much, and I know that she misses them so much right now, and they miss her,” cousin Tiffani Sims told FOX 4 previously.