KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Six years after someone killed a Kansas City woman and dumped her body in an alley, detectives need help arresting her killer.
Police say Danielle Wilson, 36, was killed somewhere else, before her body was dumped behind a house near 29th Street and Myrtle Avenue in August 2015. Her body was found in the alley at 2 p.m. in the afternoon. Police said Wilson had been shot and died of her injuries.
“It’s really been hard for my family since my mama’s been gone,” Amari Church, Wilson’s daughter, said. “These past six years, it’s hard to go on about our day. Holidays is really hard for us. Me, by me just turning 21 back in June was really hard because she wasn’t here for my 21st birthday, she wasn’t here when I graduated high school. She’s not gonna be here when I get married. She’s not gonna be here when I have my first child.”
Danielle’s mom Mildred said she knew something had happened even before officers knocked on her door in 2015.
“The pain I had that day and I couldn’t understand why, and then that Saturday came when they told me my baby was gone. I think that was her just telling me she was gone,” Mildred said.
Other members of Wilson’s family were too emotional to speak about what her loss means.
Wilson’s mother said her daughter was a victim of drugs that plague our society. She had been in and out of rehab several times, but was working to turn her life around.
Police believe that now, six years later, someone may be willing to come forward with the information they need.
“I have found that sometimes time helps people feel more comfortable about coming forward with that information,” said Det. Daniel Frazier of the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department. “People change. This was six years ago. Maybe someone who had information and didn’t want to come forward at that time has had something like that happen to them and they have a different view now. Or they have matured and this is what they need to do now.”
Wilson, originally from Higginsville, Missouri, was a mother to nine children, many of whom made public pleas Thursday for information that will bring closure to this tragedy.
Detectives said they’ve made progress identifying a suspect in her homicide, but need the final clues and tips to close the case and send it to prosecutors for the suspect to be charged in the case.
“We’re hopeful the community can assist in gathering new information to help direct the investigation,” said Frazier.
If you have any information in connection with Wilson’s murder, call the Tips Hotline at 816-474-Tips.