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Kara Kopetsky update: Search continues where bones found, but it’s likely to end soon

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An up-to-date look at developments in the disappearances of Kara Kopetsky and Jessica Runions.
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An up-to-date look at developments in the disappearances of Kara Kopetsky and Jessica Runions.

Authorities continued to search Friday for evidence at a Cass County quarry where two skulls and other human remains were found earlier this week.

Investigators concentrated on a 2-acre site within the wooded search area south of Belton, according to Capt. Kevin Tieman of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. The search ended for the day around 2 p.m.

Tieman said in a statement that the site, near 233rd Street and Missouri Y, was still considered a crime scene and access would continue to be limited. Investigators will be back in the area Saturday morning to wrap up the search.

One set of bones has been identified as those of Jessica Runions, a 21-year-old Raymore woman missing since Sept. 8. The Runions family and that of Kara Kopetsky, a Belton teenager missing since 2007, learned Monday that the remains had been discovered by a mushroom hunter.

Kopetsky’s family continues to wait for word about identification.

Both women have been linked to Kylr Yust, 28, who has not been charged with either disappearance but is in jail awaiting trial on a charge that he set fire to Runions’ vehicle.

Authorities said Thursday they had found “several pieces of evidence” at the search site.

Captain Kevin Tieman of the Cass County Sheriff's Office briefed the media Thursday evening on the progress of forensic searching and evidence recovery in rural Cass County following Monday's discovery of human remains of two individuals. One set

Involved in the search Friday were mainly forensic and crime scene investigators with the FBI, Kansas City Crime Lab and Jackson County medical examiner. Cass County detectives, Belton police and Kansas City police were also on the scene.

After human bones, including two skulls, were found in Cass County on Monday and Tuesday, Rhonda Beckford and Jamie Runions waited at Beckford's home Wednesday for news about their missing daughters from authorities. That evening, authorities conf

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