The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a body found Sunday morning in a ditch along Interstate 49 about two miles north of Harrisonville.
Officials said Sunday afternoon the body is that of a woman in her early 20s, but they “do not believe that this victim is related to any other ongoing investigations in the metro area.” That would rule out 21-year-old Jessica Runions of Raymore, who was last seen Sept. 8 in the company of Kylr Yust, who is charged with burning her car.
The sheriff’s office and the Jackson County Medical Examiner will work to determine a positive identification and the cause of death.
A passerby discovered the body about 11:30 a.m. between the southbound lanes of I-49 and Peculiar Drive, according to the sheriff’s office.
One lane of southbound I-49 that had been closed while investigators were on the scene has been reopened.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 816-380-5200.