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Yesterday marked the 2nd anniversary in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Today it has been two years since Kara Kopetsky was last seen leaving school in Belton, Mo. There is a $30,000 reward being offered for information that leads to finding Kara.


She is listed at the NCMEC as Case Type:Endangered Missing.

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Missing teen Kara Kopetsky’s family wants answers

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)

Authorities also need help in finding Jesse Ross who was last seen on November 21, 2006. Although Jesse is missing from Chicago, Illinois he originally resides in Belton, Missouri.

Meanwhile, the search is continuing in SC for Brittanee Drexel. Her poster has been updated at the NCMEC with an additional photo.

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Why did it take until Tuesday afternoon to enter Brittanee Drexel as a missing child at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)? Shouldn’t she have been entered into the NCMEC database once she was entered into the FBI National Crime Information Center (NCIC) computers? It would seem it would have been the ideal time to obtain a waiver from her parent or guardian, so it was on file at the NCMEC giving them permission to disseminate her photograph, if that is the reason for the delay.

According to SCNow.com:  

Police entered Drexel’s description into the National Crime Information Center database on Sunday.


On the NCMEC site they have tips of what to do should your child “runaway”. Some of them are:

Make sure law enforcement enters your child’s name and description into the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Crime Information Center’s (NCIC) databases. Law-enforcement agencies across the country have access to NCIC. This information will not give your child a record with law enforcement, but it may aid in his or her safe return.
If your local law-enforcement agency won’t enter information about your child into NCIC’s databases, the FBI will. The Missing Children Act of 1982 mandates this. Contact your nearest FBI field office for help.

If your local law-enforcement agency won’t enter information about your child into NCIC’s databases, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will. The Missing Children Act of 1982 mandates this. Contact your nearest FBI field office for help.

Remember no matter what you have been told, there is no law requiring a waiting period for reporting a child, who is younger than 21, to law enforcement or for entry into NCIC. The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (Pub. L. No. 109-248) mandates entry must be made by law enforcement into NCIC’s Missing Person File within 2 hours’ receipt of a report of a missing or abducted child.

Make sure that law enforcement passes on the necessary information about your child to the missing-child clearinghouse within your state or territory.

If you have not done so,report your missing child to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678). Staff members are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist. Ask about other missing-child organizations throughout the United States that may assist in the search.

Searching for updates on another missing teen, Kara Kopetsky  is listed at the NCMEC as Endangered Missing. She has been missing since May 4, 2007.

Teen argued with teacher, left school and vanished

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.

Other children  last seen walking to or from school are Mark Degner and Bryan Hayes  last seen in Jacksonville, Fl. on Feb 10, 2005 and Amber Dubois  last seen on Feb 13, 2009.

Update 05-05-09: When hearing of a Texas based non-profit group in Myrtle Beach to help in the search for Brittanee you may think it is Texas Equusearch who recently helped search for Caylee Anthony in Florida but you would be mistaken as there are members of another Texas based group the Laura Recovery Center for Missing Children.

“We’re still looking for her,” Knipes said. “She could be a runaway, a missing person or an abduction. We don’t have a label on it.”

Also Monday, two representatives from the Laura Recovery Center for Missing Children arrived in Myrtle Beach to assist in the search, according to Bob Walcutt, executive director. The Texas-based group’s mission statement is to “prevent abductions and runaways and to recover missing children by fostering a Triangle of Trust among law enforcement, community and a missing child’s family.”

Update 05-06-09: Crime Stoppers offers reward up to $1000 in Brittanee Drexel disappearance

The public is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers if they, or someone they know, have any information regarding the disappearance of Brittanee Drexel, or of any other crimes, by phone at 1-888-274-6372 (1-888-CRIME-SC), or on the web at http://www.5541111.com. Anonymous text tips can be sent to Crimes Stoppers by starting a new text message to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with “CSL”. All contact remains anonymous and tipsters could earn a reward up to $1000.

Update 05-09-09: N.Y. pastor offers additional $10,000 for info on missing teen

An Albany, N.Y., pastor has offered to pitch in $10,000 of his own money to up the reward for information regarding Brittanee Drexel, a missing 17-year-old from Rochester, N.Y.

Pastor Charles Muller of Victory Christian Church said he regularly works with teens in his community through mission centers and anti-violence projects. However, when he read about Drexel, who went missing April 25 during a trip to Myrtle Beach, it hit close to home.

Update 05-14-09: Police Investigate Possible Sighting of Missing New York Teen Who Vanished in Myrtle Beach

Police are investigating a possible sighting at a gas station of missing New York teen Brittanee Drexel, who disappeared while on spring break in Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach Capt. David Knipes said detectives are reviewing surveillance camera footage from a Scotchman convenience store at a gas station in Socastee, S.C., after a woman fitting 17-year-old Drexel’s description was reported to have been there Thursday morning.

The Brittanee look-alike used the ATM about 8:30 a.m. Thursday, left the station’s store and then drove away in a red Dodge Stratus with New York license plates, Knipes said.

The vehicle’s plate number is EJS-9543.

Update 05-15-09: Police Determine Look-Alike Is Not Missing New York Teen Who Vanished in Myrtle Beach

Update 06-03-09: Brittanee Drexel Update

In five weeks of searching, there has been no sign of Brittanee Drexel. There have been dozens of leads and sightings. None have panned out.

Brittanee’s mother, Dawn Drexel, has been in South Carolina since the beginning. She is determined as ever, but she told News 10NBC by phone Wednesday she’s emotionally spent.

“This is very, very difficult because you don’t know, you just don’t know if she’s still here with us…or she’s not….But we’re trying to keep hopeful that we can find her still,” Drexel said.

Drexel has traveled to Charleston and points in between, talking to people, handing out flyers. This weekend, Brittanee’s story will air on “America’s Most Wanted.” That gives Dawn Drexel hope.

“I’m trying to get her on national television and keep her face out there so if somebody did see something or heard something, that they would come forward.”

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$50,000 reward for Kara Kopetsky soon to end

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Kara disappeared from Belton, MO on May 4, 2007. She was last seen leaving Belton High School. 

Next week a temporary additional $50,000 reward , offered for Kara’s safe return by her birthday on 2/17/09, will end should she not be located.

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If you have any information that can lead to locating Kara, please contact one of the authorities listed below.

  • Belton Police Department (816) 331-1500
  • TIPS HOTLINE (816) 474-TIPS

All Calls can remain anonymous

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Find Kara drive gets giant boost

A Belton couple that wishes to remain anonymous put up $50,000 Saturday night, a number they hope will, once and for all, entice someone, somewhere, to tell what they know about Kopetsky’s May 2007 disappearance from Belton High School. “There are restrictions on it,” the donor told The Star Herald hours before the Saturday night fund-raiser at Belton’s German-American Club hall on the former Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base.

“No. 1, she has to come home alive. I believe she is alive and there are a lot of people here that feel the same way. And No. 2, the offer is only good for a limited amount of time.”


According to MyFox Kansas City:

The group dedicated to finding missing Belton teen Kara Kopetsky has added an additional $50,000 to the fund for information leading to her safe return by her 19th birthday on February 17, 2009. There is already a $30,000 reward for information in her disappearance.


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The Chicago Sun-Times this week is running a series of articles on missing persons. While the published numbers of missing children appears staggering at an estimated 800,000 annually, most return home. Many people are aware of a missing Belton teen, Kara Kopetsky, but there is also another missing person from Belton, Jesse Ross, a University of Missouri-Kansas City student who disappeared on a trip to Chicago almost two years ago.

“The good news is that [nationally] close to 96 percent will be found or come home on their own, or somehow law enforcement will trip over them and they’ll be returned fine,” said Jerry Nance of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.In Chicago, the missing persons clearance rate is about 98 percent.

A federal study found that 45 percent of missing kids were either runaways or “thrownaways,” a term for kids kicked out of their homes by caretakers.


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The first week of May was one many people will long remember. That particular week we learned of the story of Madeleine McCann the missing 3-year-old (at the time) from Portugal. The town of Greensburg Kansas was devastated by a tornado. The Queen of England was visiting the U.S. and  attended the run for the roses at the Kentucky Derby.

It was also the weekend Kara Kopetsky went missing. Her disappearance is receiving re-newed attention because of possible links to the tragic death of Kelsey Smith.

On May 4, 2007, Kara Kopetsky disappeared from Belton High School, in Belton, Mo.  At first glance, it wasn’t that alarming: cops say Kara had runaway in the past. Usually, she’d leave and come back within a few days. This time was different. She never returned..

America’s Most Wanted


According to the NCMEC, in the period of May 2nd – May 7th there were 31 missing children reported nationwide who remain missing. Of those, 21 are considered “Endangered Runaways”, 19 are females between the ages of 15-18.

NBC Action News – Anyone wishing to assist in the efforts to find Kara Kopetsky should send donations to:

    Kara Kopetsky Fund
    c/o Bank of Belton
    204 Main St.
    Belton, MO 64012

Website: FindKaraKopetsky         MySpace:  FindKaraKopetsky


Link to video of her leaving Belton High School


Update 07-29-07    Kansas City Star

Authorities on Saturday identified a body found Thursday in the Missouri River as that of a 22-year-old Kansas City woman missing for much of last week.

Jessica L. Glidewell’s death remained under investigation Saturday night, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. The cause of her death had not been determined, but authorities suspected she was killed.

February 16th was  Kara’s 18 th birthday-   Dear Kara: ‘Granny’ needs you

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