Kylr Yust pleads not guilty to ‘knowingly burning’ missing Raymore woman’s car

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Jackson County judge entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Kylr Yust, 28, Thursday afternoon on the charge of knowingly burning Jessica Runions car.

Runions, 21, has been missing since Thursday, Sept. 8th, when she was last seen leaving a party with Yust.

As FOX 4 has also previously reported, Yust is connected to another missing woman, Kara Kopetsky of Belton. She was 17-years-old when she disappeared in May 2007.

Runions is from Raymore, Mo. She works at Foxwood Springs Senior Living Center.  Her Chevrolet Equinox was found set on fire near Bannister and Blue River Road.

runions-missing-posterOn Wednesday, police searched Runions' grandfather's home, where Kylr lived off and on for years.

Yust's bond on the 'knowingly burning' charge is $50,000 cash.

His next court appearance is Sept. 29 at 1:30.

The judge referred him to the public defenders office for a lawyer.

FOX 4 continues to follow this developing story as authorities, family and friends continue to search and wait for Jessica Runions to come home. Look for the latest on FOX 4 newscasts and continuously on

Kara Kopetsky

Kara Kopetsky (L) and aged photo (R)

Police are asking for the public's help to find Jessica. If you know anything about where Kylr or Jessica went after the party, or any other information, you're asked to call the TIPS Hotline. It is anonymous.  The number is 816-474-TIPS (8477).