20 years later, search for killer of Johnson County teen continues

It’s been 20 years since a southern Johnson County farmer found the skeletal remains of 15-year-old Tawnya Knight.

But detectives with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office have not given up finding the girl’s killer.

On Wednesday, the anniversary of her remains being found, the sheriff’s office said it is still seeking clues in her death.

Tawnya was reported missing in December 1996. She was last seen leaving a party in Spring Hill.

She intended to walk to a friend’s house, but she never made it.

Then on June 7, 1997, her remains were discovered in the field in the 21000 block of U.S. 169. It was about a third of a mile from the location of the party where she was last seen.

Investigators have never said how Tanya died, but her death was ruled a homicide.

Anyone with information about Tawnya’s killing is asked to contact Detective Brian Gressel at 913-715-5555 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc