Police search for Jessica Runions in south Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City detectives organized a search Thursday in south Kansas City for a Raymore woman who hasn't been seen since early September.

KCPD searched an abandoned golf course in Grandview, Mo., off of I-49 and 163rd Street. K-9s, the Murder Squad, volunteers from KCPD and the Missouri search and rescue division were all on the scene searching for 21-year-old Jessica Runions. They searched until about noon.

Police say they did not get a tip for any information that she may be in that particular area. It was just part of their target search area.

Police would not comment on if they found anything during the Thursday  morning search, but it did not look like they had any evidence when they walked out of the search area.

Crews have been conducting official searches every Thursday since her disappearance. The search will be suspended for two weeks while the Murder Squad looks into other cases. The Murder Squad be resume their weekly searches for Runions in three weeks.

Runions was last seen leaving a house party in September.  Police found Runions' 2012 Chevrolet Equinox burned, in a remote area near Blue River Road and Bannister a day after her mom reported her missing on Friday, September 9. Investigators searched the area surrounding the SUV without success.

Jessica Runions was last seen Thursday, Sept. 8.

Jessica Runions was last seen Thursday, Sept. 8.

Witnesses told police that Jessica left the party with Kylr Yust, 28, once a suspect in the disappearance of his then-girlfriend, Belton teenager Kara Kopetsky, 17. She hasn't been seen since 2007.

Police wanted to question him about Jessica's disappearance and he was located and arrested on family property in Edwards, Mo., about two hours southeast of Kansas City, on September 11. He was subsequently charged with knowingly burning a vehicle, and he remains in custody in the Jackson County Detention Center awaiting a hearing on October 31. He didn't answer reporters' questions about Runions' whereabouts when he was transferred to the jail.

FOX 4 will have updates on the fox4kc website, app and in FOX 4 newscasts.

Family and friends have passed out fliers and held fundraisers as they continue to hold out hope that Runions is found.

If you have any information you are asked to call the Kansas City Missing Persons Unit or the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474 TIPS.