Missing Raymore woman’s family: ‘We want her home safe with us’

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LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- Jessica Runions friends and family turned out for a second day of fundraisers associated with her disappearance Tuesday.

Downtown Lee's Summit businesses are helping to raise money for the family. Several family members gathered outside of Main Slice Pizza to read a statement thanking the community for their support during an emotional time.

“I've been crying, angry, upset, crushed, devastated and heartbroken,” cousin Kimberly Newberry said.

Runions face is on flyers, and the phrase “Help Bring Jessica Home” shared over and over again on social media. But Runions family say Jessica, 21, should be known as much more than the Raymore woman who’s believed to have left a party with Kylr Yust.


She works as a baker at an assisted living facility, mixing her love for being in the kitchen, with her love for caring for people, both young and old.

“She took care of her sisters, helped raise them essentially, and she loved them so much, and I know that she misses them so much right now, and they miss her,” cousin Tiffani Sims said.

“She was a sweet young woman and we love her very much she was loved she was very much loved and we want her back,” Newberry said.

“She always had a kind word and a smile to offer anyone and we really want to focus on finding her, that’s what’s really important to us,” Sims said.

Yust is charged with burning her SUV. He didn't answers reporters questions concerning whether he knew anything about Jessica's whereabouts as he was booked into the Jackson County Detention Center.

With each day that goes by, and no solid leads on where she is, the chance the family won’t get the answers they are looking for becomes more of a possibility. That’s why they are continuing to ask people to come forward with even the smallest bit of information.

"Please keep her in the top of your mind to find her, because you never know it could be your loved one one day and you would want people to do that for you,” Newberry said.

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

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