KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Latest on the disappearance of a Missouri woman whose burned car was found abandoned. (all times local):
Court records show a Missouri man arrested in the destruction of a missing woman’s car was the subject of a 2007 restraining order to protect his ex-girlfriend who subsequently disappeared.
Twenty-seven-year-old Kylr Yust was arrested Sunday on charges that he burned Jessica Runions’ car, which was found abandoned in south Kansas City, Missouri. Runions was last seen leaving a party on Thursday night, and her mother reported her missing Friday evening.
Yust has not been charged in the 21-year-old woman’s disappearance, and it’s unclear if he has an attorney.
Court records show that after filing for a protection order against Yust in 2007, 17-year-old Kara Kopetsky disappeared and remains missing. Yust wasn’t charged in her case, and investigators didn’t return telephone messages Monday.
Authorities say a man is in custody accused of burning the vehicle of a suburban Kansas City woman who hasn’t been seen since last week.
Kansas City Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kari Thompson says 27-year-old Kylr Yust was taken into custody around 8:30 Sunday morning in Edwards, Missouri. Thompson says Yust was arrested on charges of “knowingly burning” Jessica Runions’ vehicle, which was found abandoned by a road in southern Kansas City Saturday.
Police say Runions’ disappearance is considered a suspicious missing persons case.
KSHB-TV reports Yust is being held on a $50,000 cash only bond. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.
Runions was last seen leaving for a party Thursday night. Her mother reported her missing Friday evening.