Today marks the 30th anniversary of 14-year-old girl’s disappearance
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May 22, 2015
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Today marks 30th anniversary of 14-year-old girl’s disappearance
Thirty years ago today, a 14-year-old girl disappeared from the streets of Kansas City and was never seen again.
Jody Ledkins called her mother on May 23, 1985, and said she was on her way home from a friend’s house. She never made it. She was last seen walking northbound on Winchester from 14th Street. She also may have been going to her boyfriend’s house at 704 Cambridge. Police suspect foul play.
Detectives have continued to work the case for the last 30 years. They joined with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to produce age-progressed photos of what Jody would look like in 1998 at age 28, and last year at age 43. You can see all her photos at http://kcmo.gov/police/missing-persons/jody-ledkins-missing/.
At the time she disappeared, Jody Ledkins was 14 years old, 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighed 90 pounds. She had blonde hair and blue eyes. She wore glasses, had a small mole under her chin, a large birthmark under her arm, an appendectomy scar and “perfect” teeth.
Jody’s mother, Karen Stratton, now lives in Greenforest, Ark., and is willing to speak with media. She can be reached at home at 870-726-6013, or on her cell phone at 870-423-8952.
If you have any information on Jody Ledkins’ whereabouts, please contact the Cold Case, Missing Persons and Runaway Unit at 816-234-5136 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).
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