A missing Kansas teenager was discovered dead in the trailer of a semi-truck Saturday after she had gone to help an adult male friend clean.
Jasmine Mills, 17, told her family Thursday that she was going to do some odd jobs for the friend to make some extra money, but never returned, according to The Kansas City Star.
The teen’s mother, Deanna Peters, said she had been planning to wake the man up and help throw out trash on the day she disappeared.
The friend told Peters that Mills, an Olathe resident, never arrived.
“She pretty much looked at him like a dad or grandpa kind of figure,” Peters said. “I trusted her judgement because she’s known him forever.”
But the teen’s sister, Aliesia Boll, told local station KCTV that she had always been uncomfortable in front of the man.
“We’ve known him for a couple years, but I’ve never been comfortable around him and as many times as I’ve told her not to go out there alone, the one time she did, she came up missing,” she said.
Mills and her sister had been cleaning out a semi-truck for the man earlier in an effort to make some extra money, but after they returned home, he called and said the girls had forgotten to take the trash out so Mills returned on her own, her godmother Kacee Knedlik told the station.
The teen’s body was later discovered in the trailer of a semi-truck in Kansas City, Kansas, in an area littered with junkyards and railroad tracks.
“I can’t imagine her just lying there next to broken beer bottles and trash, like really, you just throw her out? She’s not trash, she’s a person and there’s a whole lot of people hurting because of this,” Knedlik said.
Olathe Police are handling the investigation and have released few details into the teen’s death other than to say that they consider the death to be suspicious.
The cause of death has also not yet been released.
Investigators believe Mills had been dead for several days before she was discovered, local station KSHB reports.
Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact authorities.
As the investigation continues, Mills’ family members are left grief-stricken by the teen’s sudden death.
“She was sweet, kind, loving, caring and too trusting, obviously,” her mother said.
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