Missing Persons

Human Remains Found By Hunter Have Been Identified As Two Different Missing Teen Girls

One went missing at age 17 in 2007.

Human remains found this Spring have been identified as a Missouri teen who went missing over a decade ago.

Seventeen-year-old Kara Kopetsky vanished after leaving her Missouri high school in May 2007.

Her remains were found by a mushroom hunter in a rural area near Belton, Missouri back in April. A second skull was found nearby her remains the very next day, Inside Edition reports.

On Thursday, the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office the results of a laboratory analysis, conducted by the FBI.

"I have received both the mitochondrial DNA and nuclear DNA reports from the FBI for the unidentified skeleton recovered in Cass County. Both reports indicate the remains are that of Kara Elise Kopetsky." Chief Medical Examiner Diane C. Peterson, M.D. said.

The second set of human remains were identified as 21-year-old Jessica Runions who went missing in 2016. She was last seen leaving a party with 28-year-old Kylr Yust, the estranged boyfriend of Kara Kopetsky.

Kopetsky had filed for an order of protection against Yust before she went missing. He was arrested last September after being accused of setting Runions' car ablaze. He has not been charged in connection with the deaths of either women.

"It's been a long 10 years and we don't like to use the word 'closure' — we prefer to use 'resolution,'" Rhonda Beckford, mother of Kopetsky told KCTV. "And of course now we are headed into a new phase, you know. We've gotten Kara identified and now we can have a funeral and put her to rest, you know, the way it should've always been and move toward prosecution."

She and Runions' mother have since befriended each other.

"We're a team, you know? Now, the dirtbag has not only taken my daughter but her daughter as well," Beckford said.

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