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The body of a pregnant Missouri woman who disappeared on Thanksgiving Day has been found in the woods near her home.
The St. Peters Police Department confirmed the body of 22-year-old Amethyst Killian was discovered Friday lying outside at the 100 block of North Church Street in St. Peters, according to a statement from authorities.
Police have classified the death as an “apparent homicide.”
Killian’s mother, Stacy, told local station KTVI that her daughter had texted her around 1 a.m. Thursday morning while Stacy was at work to say that she planned to walk to a nearby Quick Trip.
When Stacy returned home around 8 a.m. that morning, her daughter wasn’t home. She initially wasn’t concerned but after her daughter didn’t return home all day, police said the family reported her missing around 8 p.m. that night.
Killian had been about five-months pregnant when she was killed. She was also the mother to a 6-year-old daughter named Marley and 1-year-old son named Hendrix, according to local media reports.
Family members discovered Killian’s belongings in a park Friday near her home and called police, who eventually located the body nearby, KMOV reports.
Killian had been living with her mother, stepfather, children and boyfriend when she disappeared.
Killian’s mother said her daughter had a troubled past but had loved her children. Others in the neighborhood described her as a caring mom.
“She seemed like a wonderful mother,” neighbor Susan Brown told KMOV. “They just seemed like such a close, wonderful family.”
Brown described the 22-year-old as a “sweetheart” and “really nice person.”
“I just can’t believe what’s happened to her,” Brown said.
The St. Peters Police said they had activated the Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad to assist in the investigation.
Anyone with information about the case, is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477).
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