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Body found in Kansas City well is identified as missing Overland Park woman

Police are investigating how 27-year-old Janina Vasquez died. She reportedly was last seen Feb. 11. Her family asks anyone with information about her whereabouts between Feb. 11 and Feb. 19 to call 816-474-8477.
Police are investigating how 27-year-old Janina Vasquez died. She reportedly was last seen Feb. 11. Her family asks anyone with information about her whereabouts between Feb. 11 and Feb. 19 to call 816-474-8477.

A woman found dead last week in a well near the Missouri River in Kansas City has been identified as Janina Vasquez, police said Thursday.

Vasquez, 27, had been reported missing from Overland Park. She reportedly was last seen Feb. 11.

Her cause of death had not been determined Thursday, Kansas City police said.

In a tweet Feb. 18, Overland Park police said Vasquez had “several health issues” and was without needed medication.

The next day, workers with the Kansas City Water Services Department found her body inside a 25-foot, city-owned flood control well near First Street and Lydia Avenue.

Her family released a statement Thursday asking anyone with information about her whereabouts between Feb. 11 and Feb. 19 to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

Just before she left home, the family said, Vasquez told them she was going to spend the night with friends. They hope those friends may have information and asked them to call the hotline.

“Janina ‘Nina’ Vasquez was our beloved daughter and sister,” the family statement said. “We appreciate the community’s support in our time of mourning.”

To reach Tony Rizzo, call 816-234-4435 or send email to trizzo@kcstar.com.

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