CASS COUNTY, Mo. -- It’s been over a week since Jessica Runions' burned out car was found and Kylr Yust, the person police say was responsible for torching it, was arrested. But the family is still no closer to answers in the 21-year-old’s Raymore woman's disappearance.
For days, friends and family of Jessica Runions have posted flyers and searched for the missing woman. This past weekend, word spread throughout the family investigators had found a woman’s body in Cass County.
“It was terribly scary for 15 minutes after we heard and after the police department called us,” Linda Runions, Jessica's grandmother, said.
Police identified the woman, and it turned out not to be Runions. Her grandmother breathed a sigh of relief and said prayers for another family. But it means they are still no closer to answers in their loved one’s disappearance.
“We just are trying to keep Jessica’s name out there, and we want somebody somewhere to trigger a memory or something to give the police so we can have her back,” Runions said.
A family friend and Lee’s Summit business owner came up with a way to not only bring attention to Runions’ disappearance, but also help the family. Pat Maloney, owner of Main Slice Pizza, then started telling other downtown businesses about his plan to donate a portion of three days sales to a GoFundMe account for Runions.
“Once you explain the story and how much this family really wants to find Jessica, there’s nothing else anyone would say but yes,” Maloney said.
Many of the people dining at Main Slice Monday night were part of Runions extended family and others dedicated to helping bring her home, who say they won’t give up no matter the cost.
“Jessica was a really sweet girl and of course nobody deserves this, but she didn’t deserve it at all, whatsoever,” Linda Runions said.
The fundraiser runs through Wednesday September 21st. Participating businesses in downtown Lee's Summit include Main Slice Pizza, Stuey McBrew's, Frankie Fairlanes, Llywelyn's Pub, Konrads Pub, The Peanut, and Red Door Wine Store.