KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Latest on the disappearance of a Missouri woman and the background of a man accused of burning her car that had been found abandoned (all times local):

5 p.m.

The father of a man considered a person of interest in his ex-girlfriend’s 2007 disappearance and now charged with burning another missing Missouri woman’s car says he’s heartbroken by his son’s “crappy decisions” and violence toward women.

Ken Yust told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he hasn’t had a relationship with 27-year-old Kylr Yust for years, because they often disagreed on matters. He says he “feels for the families” of those hurt by his son.

Kylr Yust was arrested Sunday after Jessica Runions’ car was found burned and abandoned in Kansas City. The 21-year-old Runions was last seen Thursday. In Belton, police say Yust is a person of interest in the 2007 disappearance of teenager Kara Kopetsky, who vanished days after seeking a protection order against him.

Yust isn’t charged in either disappearance.

Records show that Yust’s pregnant then-girlfriend won a protection order against him in 2011 after accusing him of drunkenly choking her. He pleaded guilty and served 120 days in jail.


12:30 p.m.

A man considered a person of interest in his ex-girlfriend’s 2007 disappearance and now charged with burning another missing Missouri woman’s car spent time in jail for assaulting his pregnant then-girlfriend in 2011.

Police and court records show the 18-year-old woman in the 2011 incident won a protection order against Kylr Yust who was accused of drunkenly choking her. He pleaded guilty and served 120 days in jail.

Yust was arrested Sunday after Jessica Runions’ car was found burned and abandoned in Kansas City. The 21-year-old Runions was last seen Thursday.

In Belton, police say Yust is a person of interest in the 2007 disappearance of teenager Kara Kopetsky, who vanished days after seeking a protection order against him.

Yust isn’t charged in either disappearance. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney, and he’s jailed in Benton County, 100 miles (160.93 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City.


10 a.m.

A man charged with burning a now-missing Missouri woman’s car and considered a “person of interest” in his ex-girlfriend’s 2007 disappearance was accused of assaulting his pregnant then-girlfriend in 2011.

The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/2ctiMui) says police reports show the 18-year-old woman won a protection order against Kylr Yust after alleging he drunkenly choked her. Yust served 120 days in jail.

Yust was arrested Sunday after 21-year-old Jessica Runions’ car was found burned and abandoned in Kansas City. Runions was last seen Thursday, leaving a party.

In nearby Belton, police say Yust is a person of interest in the 2007 disappearance of 17-year-old Kara Kopetsky. She vanished days after filing for a protection order against him.

Yurst hasn’t been charged in either disappearance. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney.

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