Shirley A. McKeown

December 6, 2009 by  
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Missouri<br>Shirley Mckeown</br>

Missing Since: 08/24/02
Missing from: Kansas City, Missouri
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: 01/21/31
Age at disappearance: 71
Height: 5’5″
Weight: 145 lbs.
Hair Color: Gray
Eye Color: Blue
Race: White
Gender: Female
Distinguishing Characteristics: Curly hair. Wears
Medical Conditions: McKeown wears a pacemaker.
She was otherwise in excellent health at the time of her
disappearance and was not on any daily medications.
Clothing: Blue jeans.

Details of Disappearance
McKeown was last seen at 9:30 a.m. on August 24, 2002 as she left her residence in the vicinity of Laurel Avenue and the 9100 block of east 44th Street, near the Truman Sports Complex in Kansas City, Missouri, to go to her daughter’s home in the 3400 block of Charlotte Street. She was helping her daughter remodel her house at the time of her disappearance. McKeown’s daughter was away the weekend of August 24 and McKeown was supervising the house painters. When she left them the day before, she had told them she would be back in the morning.

McKeown never made it to her daughter’s residence. Her daughter tried to call her at 2:00 p.m. on August 25, but got no answer. After several more calls with no answer she contacted McKeown’s neighbors, who said her dog had been left outside all night and her Sunday newspaper was still in the yard. The back door to the residence was unlocked. McKeown’s daughter said it would be uncharacteristic of her mother to neglect the animal or leave town without telling anyone. She reported McKeown missing on August 25, one day after she was last seen. There has been no activity on her bank accounts and credit cards since her disappearance.

On September 3, a week and a half after McKeown disappeared, her vehicle was found abandoned in a vacant lot near 33rd Avenue and Highland in Kansas City. The car, a white two-door 1990 Cadillac Deville, was hidden behind trees and covered with a car tarp and some brush. Its license plates, specialized Missouri conservation plates that are blue in color and read “MCQ-N,” were missing and have not been recovered. There was a large amount of blood in the backseat of the car, but no indication of McKeown’s whereabouts. Authorities stated that there was enough blood in the vehicle to prove that McKeown could not have survived.

A few days after the car was found, a man contacted police saying he had information about the vehicle. He came in for a voluntary interview. Investigators searched his home and yard afterwards. The man, who has not been identified, lives in the neighborhood where the car was found. Authorities have not said whether their search of his residence turned up any evidence relating to McKeown’s case. The man is not being called a suspect in her disappearance, but investigators believe he may have had contact with people who were involved in her disappearance. Another individual who had been driving McKeown’s car and had some of her possessions has been questioned, but has not been charged in connection with her case.

Foul play is suspected in McKeown’s disappearance; her daughter believes she could have been the victim of a carjacking. McKeown has no history of Alzheimer’s Disease or other mental problems and was in excellent health at the time she vanished. She is a retired nurse who used to work at North Kansas City Hospital in 1960s through the late 1970s, and has also held part-time jobs at Hallmark and at the Kansas City Royals ticket office. McKeown enjoyed antiques and refinishing old woodwork at the time of her 2002 disappearance. Her case is being investigated as a homicide and remains unsolved.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Kansas City Police Department
(816) 234-5136

Missing person information on the Kansas City Police Department website.

Shirley on the National Center For Missing Adults website


The Elusive Pursuit of Justice : Guest Blog by James Hart

Investigation Discovery

August 30, 2008

Last week, I talked to a woman named Bridget McKeown about the sixth anniversary of her mother’s disappearance. Shirley McKeown, 71, was driving to her daughter’s house when she vanished on Aug. 24, 2002. Days later, police found her car. So much of her blood was spilled in the interior, investigators concluded, there was no way that she could still be alive. In the years since, they’ve never discovered exactly what happened to her. Despite the best efforts of police, her killer has never been held to account.


Website dedicated to the disappearance of Shirley McKeown

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6 Years Later: Who murdered Shirley McKeown?

Kansas City Star

August 28, 2008

Shirley McKeown, 71, disappeared on Aug. 24, 2002, as she was driving to her daughter’s house in Midtown. When police found the vehicle on Sept. 3, so much of her blood was discovered in the interior that investigators knew she couldn’t possibly have lived. Though her body has never been recovered, McKeown has been considered a homicide ever since.

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Missing Shirley McKeown

Kansas City Star: Unfettered Letters

August 27, 2008

Even after six long years, I still miss my neighbor Shirley McKeown. On Aug. 24, 2002, Shirley left our neighborhood to run over to her daughter’s house. She has never been seen since. Her white Cadillac was recovered later, but no sign of Shirley.

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Five years later, no resolution in Shirley McKeown case

Kansas City Star

August 27, 2007

Friday was the fifth anniversary of local woman Shirley McKeown’s disappearance. The 71-year-old was probably carjacked while driving to her daughter’s house, her family says.

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Rally for the missing

Kansas City Star: Unfettered Letters

June 21, 2007

I would like to thank the North Carolina-based CUE Center for Missing Persons for coming to Kansas City to hold a rally Sunday at the J.C. Nichols Fountain near the Country Club Plaza. About 200 people gathered to remember Summer Shipp, Sam and Lindsey Porter, Shirley McKeown and Jody Ledkins. Other missing persons remembered were Loy Evitts, Crystal Kipper, Joan Butler, Theresa Brown, Christine Rusch and many others whose names we couldn’t recall.

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On The Road To Remember Tour – Kansas City

Fox 4 News Kansas City

June 14, 2007

Shirley A.McKeown


Everybody deserves to be looked for

Kansas City Star

Jun 6, 2007

I’d never heard of the Community United Effort before, but the North Carolina-based group’s Center for Missing Persons has planned a national tour where they’ll travel to different cities and publicize missing-persons cases. Their schedule includes a few rallies here in Missouri later this month.

The Kansas City stop will be for several local missing people: Shirley McKeown, Sam and Lindsey Porter, Jody Ledkins, Jon Van Dyke, and Summer Shipp…

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