Homicide investigation continues in quiet Raymore neighborhood after woman killed

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RAYMORE, Mo. — Raymore police and detectives from the KC Metro Squad returned to a home on South Lakeshore Drive on Friday to continue their homicide investigation of 39-year-old Katie Kellen. 

That home in a quiet neighborhood on Silver Lake is now a crime scene. Police were called to the house just before 8:30 p.m. Thursday where they found Kellen dead.

Detectives questioned neighbors, including Katie Miller, about what they may know.

“Asking if we saw anything suspicious or heard anything in the last day or so,” Kellen said. “This is a relatively quiet neighborhood and there wasn’t anything that was notable.”

Neighbors tell FOX4 they didn’t hear a gunshot or commotion coming from the home. Many of them didn’t even know police were there, as the officers rolled in quietly. Several neighbors said it wasn’t the first time they’ve seen police at the home, but never that many.

“I mean there were at least 10 different vehicles, and they had everything taped off pretty quickly,” Miller said. “I don’t know if it’s a complete surprise something happened there but as far as a homicide investigation, anything like that, that’s pretty surprising in this area.”

Raymore police confirmed they have been called to the home on a few occasions since 2018 but did not provide details as to why. Neighbors said Kellen lived at the address with her mom.

Miller said Thursday night, she saw police searching the yard around the home but spent most of their time inside of it. Officers indicated this may not be a random act of violence, which she and others in this quiet neighborhood find comforting.

“We lock our doors and we have security so I think I think as far as the police are concerned we don’t have anything that we need to worry about,” Miller said.

Police do not have anyone in custody and have not identified a suspect, so they are asking for the public’s help. If you know anything, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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