Local man with ties to 2 missing women transferred back to the metro

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A local man with ties to two missing women is back in the metro Wednesday.

Benton County mugshot

Benton County mugshot

Kylr Yust, 28, arrived at the south patrol station Wednesday afternoon. He was arrested in Edwards, Mo., on Sunday.

Police say Yust was the last person to see Jessica Runions last week. According to police, Yust left a party with Runions on Thursday around 9:30 p.m., and she hasn't been seen since. Yust also dated Kara Kopetsky who disappeared 9-years ago. Kopetsky was last seen leaving Belton High School on May 4, 2007. The Belton Police Department, as well as federal, state and local agencies continue to investigate her disappearance.

Yust was being held in the Benton County jail since Sunday.

Police found Runion's burned out car near Bannister and Blue River Road over the weekend. Yust has been charged in Jackson County with 'knowingly burning' in connection to Jessica Runions' case and car.

In 2011, Yust, then 22,  was charged with two counts of animal abuse, including smashing a kitten against a bathroom floor.  According to prosecutors, Yust allegedly smashed the head of a kitten against a bathroom floor on July 5, 2011, and then allegedly drowned two kittens in a bag in an area creek on July 20, 2011.

Jessica on left and Kara on right

Jessica on left and Kara on right

A week before the animal abuse charges, Yust was placed on two years probation after pleading guilty to beating and choking his 18-year-old pregnant girlfriend. According to police reports, Yust allegedly told the teen that he could dispose of body parts in a pig pen on a family ranch.

Jessica Runions mother released additional photos of her daughter on Wednesday.

Jessica Runions mother released additional photos of her daughter on Wednesday.

Kara Kopetsky disappeared in 2007. Yust has never been charged in her disappearance, but she and her mother, Rhonda Beckford, filed a restraining order against him shortly before she vanished. The order wasn’t officially granted until after she disappeared.

If you can help find either Jessica Runions or Kara Kopetsky, please call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

Kylr Yust was transferred back to the metro on Wednesday.

Kylr Yust was transferred back to the metro on Wednesday.

Kylr Yust was transferred back to the metro on Wednesday.

Kylr Yust was transferred back to the metro on Wednesday.

Kylr Yust was transferred back to the metro on Wednesday.

Kylr Yust was transferred back to the metro on Wednesday.

Kylr Yust being transferred to the downtown police station.

Kylr Yust being transferred to the downtown police station.

Kylr Yust being transferred to the downtown police station.

Kylr Yust being transferred to the downtown police station.

Kylr Yust being transferred to the downtown police station.

Kylr Yust being transferred to the downtown police station.

Kylr Yust being transferred to the downtown police station.

Kylr Yust being transferred to the downtown police station.

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