71-year-old woman found shot and killed in car wrecked on I-70 in KC’s downtown loop

Police are investigating the death of a 71-year-old woman found shot inside a car on a ramp in Kansas City’s downtown loop early Wednesday.

Police responded just after 3 a.m. to a traffic wreck on the ramp from westbound Interstate 70 to northbound Interstate 29/35 on the east side of the downtown loop.

Arriving officers found the woman’s body inside the car and it appeared that she had been shot, police said.

She was later identified by police as Barbara Harper.

Police closed the ramp near the exit to Troost Avenue for several hours while detectives investigated her death. The ramp has since re-opened and traffic has returned to normal through the area, police said.

Anyone who may have been in the area around this time and saw something out of the ordinary is asked to call TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477) or the Kansas City Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 816-234-5043.

Robert A. Cronkleton gets up very early in the morning to bring readers breaking news about crime, transportation and weather at the crack of dawn. He’s been at The Star since 1987 and now contributes data reporting and video editing.