EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. — A witness that investigators were looking for in an Excelsior Springs rape and kidnapping case has been found dead.
The Clay County Prosecutor’s Office was notified Sunday that Jaynie Crosdale’s remains were located in Saline County, Missouri.
Excelsior Springs police previously identified Crosdale as a potential witness in the case against Timothy Haslett Jr.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Andy Bell said back in June, kayakers found human remains on an island on the Missouri River in Saline County. MSHP’s Drug and Crime Control and Water Patrol Divisions recovered the remains.
Details about Crosdale’s cause of death or when she died were not immediately available. A spokesperson for the Clay County Prosecutor’s office would not confirm to FOX4 is foul play is suspected.
When officers located the woman, she told police Haslett kidnapped and sexually assaulted her.
Court documents say she told investigators she escaped when Haslett left home to take his child to school. At the time, the woman said there were other victims, but police never found anyone else in the home.
After Haslett’s arrest, police started searching for Crosdale, saying she might have information that could help them in their investigation.
Haslett is being held on a $3 million bond. The Clay County Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion Monday to increase Haslett’s bond on his existing case.
A spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office said they requested the bond increase because of new details in the case that create a greater concern for the community’s safety if were were released.
“Our office is working closely with law enforcement to gather all evidence and information that is needed to build the strongest case possible and deliver justice for Jaynie Crosdale,” Clay County Prosecutor Zachary Thompson said.
The prosecutor’s office believes it will retain jurisdiction on Haslett’s case regarding this new development.