Family persistently searching for missing man with info from private investigator

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City police say they're working new leads in the disappearance of John Parkhurst, who has been missing since last June. His mother contacted a private investigator, concerned she says that her son's disappearance would turn into a cold case. Police call this case an active missing person's investigation.

But the Parkhurst family already fears the worst.

As the family waits for closure, a private investigator claims to have uncovered some gruesome details surrounding Parkhurst’s disappearance. His mother and sister are desperately trying to figure out whatever happened to the 44-year-old.

"The last time I saw John was June 10. We had coffee. He put his arms around me and he said, ‘you're a good mom,’ and I said, ‘I know, John,’"Jacqui LaForte, Parkhurst’s mother, said.

Every week Dawn Parkhurst hits the block where her brother was last seen, putting up fliers and asking questions.

“At every business, at every hotel down 40 Highway, at every grocery store,” Dawn said.

It's been close to a year since he disappeared and with no answers, his mother hired a private investigator who told FOX 4 he's learned that there was lots of blood found in the room where he was last seen.

Also, witnesses say he was found up the street at a Deluxe Inn and not at the Budget Inn where his car was found.

"They saw him leaving this hotel on foot, without his shoes on, and they never saw him again," Dawn said.

Both Jacqui and Dawn fear that John is already dead and they believe some of his acquaintances know where his body was dumped.

“I know that you know what happened to him, so please just call me. You have my number,” said Jacqui.

“If someone would just come forward anonymously, it would put my mother at peace,” said Dawn.

Bringing John home is what the mother and daughter plan to do, no matter what it takes.

"I won't stop. I will not stop,” said Jacqui.

The family said it got a tip that John's body was dumped in a river, but that police refused to check, citing a lack of evidence. Police won’t comment past saying that the department is looking into the new information. If you know anything about his disappearance, call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS, you can choose to remain anonymous.

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