Family searching for a missing loved one finds two other dead bodies instead

For the second weekend in a row, a search group looking for a missing Raymore woman instead found a man’s body and alerted police Saturday.


Family members of Jessica Runions — missing since early September — were searching the area near South Brighton Avenue and 53rd Street on Saturday morning when they made the discovery. Kansas City Police said it was being investigated as a suspicious death and few other details were available.

About a dozen family members began searching fields and climbing through brush and walking along South Brighton and the nearby area at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. They found the man’s body, about 6 to 8 feet from the road and down a small embankment, at 11:15 a.m.

A reporter and videographer for The Star were with the search group Saturday morning.

“Two bodies two weeks in a row?” said John Runions, Jessica’s father. “It’s unbelievable. … We’re not going to stop looking until we find her. And if we find other people along the way, that’s good. Families deserve closure.”

Last Saturday, Runions and a relative found a man’s decomposing body in a creek bed near East 67th Terrace and Lewis Avenue. The man was later identified as 21-year-old Brandon Herring, of Raytown. He had been reported missing in November and police continue to investigate the homicide.

“It is awful a family searching for their loved one finds two victims during their search, in one week’s time,” said Capt. Stacey Graves of the Kansas City Police Department. “Although this is a strange turn of events…

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