Searching for peace, mom continues to seek answers in daughter’s death 1 year later

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One year ago, police found the body of a missing metro woman in a well along the riverfront. A year later, her mother is still waiting for answers. She spoke with FOX 4 and shared information in the case that has never been public.

If you ever come to Berkley Riverfront Park along the Missouri River, you will likely see a woman with long blonde hair gripping the fence, staring at a well a few feet away.

“I don't know it's just a place that I feel like I need to be,” Jenny Cochran said.

JaninaCochran comes to the area almost every day to pray and feel close to her daughter, Janina Vasquez.

“I'm trying to look for peace. I'm trying to find some kind of peace here, that I haven't yet found,” Cochran said.

It was one year ago, Janina disappeared. She was last seen leaving the Isle of Capri casino and getting into a red car. That red car was caught driving in a parking lot at Berkley Park. Days later, Janina’s body was discovered close by in a 25-foot deep well.

“My family and I, 100% without a doubt, believe that Janina was put in that well.”

Months after her death, Jenny was given new information about her daughter’s case. She says police told her Janina called 911 from inside the well.

“The call lasted several minutes, then the call was dropped,” Cochran said.

Officers were sent to the park and pinged her phone but never found Janina. She was found dead in the well one week later.

“It's just... that's the ongoing pain and trauma that I feel. And my family does... not really knowing what could've happened there,” she said.

Police haven’t been able to find the driver of that red car and many questions in Janina’s death remain unanswered. Jenny says she will continue to come to visit the well because it’s the only place she says she can find closure and talk to her daughter.

“Rest in peace and know that your family loves you.”

Police say Janina’s death is suspicious because they haven’t been able to find the driver of the red car. They are still searching and want to talk to him or her. If you know anything about Janina’s death, call Crimestoppers at (816) 474-TIPS.


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