Police release name of woman found dead in car near Independence hospital

Authorities have identified a 19-year-old woman found dead Friday in Independence as Michelle L. Russell. Police have not said how she died.

Kansas City officers responding to a reported shooting late Thursday at the Motel 6, 8230 N.W. Prairie View Road, in Kansas City, North found what appeared to be the scene of a shooting. But the people involved, including Russell, had left.

A motel guest told police he heard a gunshot then saw a woman with a head wound lying on the sidewalk. When the guest ran to the motel office for help, two men drove off with the victim. They showed up at North Kansas City Hospital but fled without leaving Russell.

Police later found Russell inside a car near Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence.

No arrests have been made and police continue to look for the two men.

Glenn E. Rice, grice@kcstar.com