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Sheriff says missing Missouri mom, daughter in danger

Updated: 2013-03-18T16:13:00Z

The Associated Press

A 28-year-old central Missouri woman who's been missing with her young daughter since Thursday called authorities from a Blue Springs motel but was not there when police showed up.

Rachel Koechner and 4-year-old Zoee Sandner were reported missing Thursday night after being seen earlier that day in the Brookfield area. Authorities say they're believed to be with Koechner's former husband and are considered endangered because of previous domestic violence incidents.

Brookfield Police Maj. Rick German says Koechner called the Chariton County Sheriff's Office on Monday from a motel but acted as if she couldn't talk.

Blue Springs police detective Jeremy Dickstein says officers went to the motel around 9 a.m. and were told the woman just left. He didn't have other details, including who was with Koechner at the motel.

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