Nine years after a young man from Belton went missing while on a college trip from the University of Missouri - Kansas City, the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers and the Chicago police are still searching for him.
Jesse Ross was last seen on November 21, 2006, at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Chicago where he and other students were involved in a Model United Nations Conference at another nearby hotel. He was a 19-year-old sophomore and a part-time member of the Shorty and the Boyz morning show on radio station 95.7 The Vibe. His friends called the slim bispectacled red head, “Opie.”
Video from the hotel showed the teen leaving the Sheraton about 2:30 a.m. He was alone in the video. Students he had traveled to Chicago with told police that Ross never returned to his room at the hotel.
Ross’s story has appeared on America’s Most Wanted, the Nancy Grace show, Vanished with Beth Holloway, Crime Stoppers Case Files and is featured on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website.
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Saturday is the anniversary of his disappearance. Police are asking that anyone with information about what happened to Ross, can anonymously contact Crime Stoppers TIPS hotline at 816-474-8477, call the Chicago, Illinois Police Department at 312-744-8266 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST). An award of up to $10,000 is available for information about Ross’s whereabouts.