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Human remains found in Cass County identified as missing Kansas City woman

Vernece Brown, 18, has been reported missing since she was last seen on Feb. 14, according to the Kansas City Police Department.
Vernece Brown, 18, has been reported missing since she was last seen on Feb. 14, according to the Kansas City Police Department. Kansas City Police Department

Cass County authorities have identified the woman whose remains were found wooded area in rural Harrisonville as 18-year-old Vernece A. Brown.

Brown, a Kansas City resident, was last seen on Feb. 14 in the 3600 block of Bales Avenue, according to Kansas City police. She left her home with an unknown male and her family had not seen or heard from her since.

Police circulated a flier with photos of Brown in an effort to locate her.

The cause of death has not been released but authorities are investigating her death as a homicide. On Monday, authorities confirmed that the remains were that of a woman.

"At this point we are looking for information on her whereabouts from the time she went missing in Kansas City to when she was found in Cass County," said Capt. Kevin Tieman with the Cass County Sheriff's Office.

On April 28, Cass County sheriff's deputies were called to the area of South Mopac Road between East 235th and 239th streets on after mushroom hunters discovered the remains.

The sheriff’s office had about 40 deputies and recruits searching the area for additional evidence and had closed off that portion of South Mopac Road for several hours.

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The Cass County Sheriff’s Office had around 40 deputies and recruits searching the area of South Mopac Road between between East 235th and 239th streets on Saturday, April 28, 2018, after mushroom hunters discovered human remains. Tammy Ljungblad The Kansas City Star

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