Police Continue Search for Girl Missing Since 2002

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JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. - The search continues on an eastern Jackson County farm on Tuesday for a girl missing since 2002.

Katie Seefeldt, 12, disappeared from her Independence home in 2002. Police originally believed that the girl was a runaway, but now they believe that she may be a victim of foul play.

On Tuesday, searchers continued to comb farmland in rural Jackson County for clues to her whereabouts.

The girl’s mother told FOX 4 that the night her daughter disappeared she was upset because her mother wouldn’t let her go to a party. Katie Seefeldt received a phone call at 1 a.m. Her mom reported hearing her daughter tell the caller, “You can’t call me this late, I’ll be grounded even longer.”

The next morning, Seefeldt was gone.

The sheriff re-opened the the cold case in September 2011, and after some publicity, detectives received a tip that led to the search in Jackson County. The sheriff says detectives are using cadaver dogs to help narrow the areas where they dig. He says this is not the first day searchers have been digging on the land.

“We’re actually looking for the remains,” said Sheriff Mike Sharp on Monday. “Looking for what we think could be that of Katherine Seefeldt who was reported missing on October 14, 2002.”

Volunteers from Lee’s Summit, Independence, and Sugar Creek are among the rescue workers helping sheriff’s deputies search several acres for any sings of human remains that may be buried in the area.

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