Missing Person-Cheryl Kenney-Nevada, MO

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25 Year Mystery: Where is Cheryl Kenney?

Kenney disappeared in Nevada, Missouri, leaving 2 children


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NEVADA, Mo.  — 25 years ago Saturday, a woman from Nevada, Missouri vanished, leaving no clues behind.

Law enforcement says despite the length of time that has passed, closing this case is still a priority, and they need the public’s help.

“She was a local, a native of Nevada. At the time, I believe she was living near Walker,” said Sgt. Jeff Baker, Nevada Police Department.

Sergeant Jeff Baker says Cheryl Kenney was a mother of two, a wife and a honest, hard working person. That all changed the night of February 27th, 1991.

“Apparently, she closed the store about 10 o’clock that night, and was never seen again,” said Sgt.Baker.

Sgt. Baker says over the years, thousands of hours have been spent on dozens, if not hundreds of interviews, all aimed at finding out what happened to Kenney.

“They went to several different leads that they’ve got, you know, I mean, nothing ever came about,” said Sgt.Baker.

Sgt. Baker began looking into the case for himself about five years ago, and says the shear lack of clues is frustrating.

“There was no evidence to even be found at the location she was reported missing. I mean, there was no struggle, no sign of a break in, nothing missing from the store. I mean, it was just like she just vanished,” said Sgt.Baker.

While the Kenney investigation, which is still considered a missing person case, was always an active one, Nevada Police Chief Graham Burnley says it’s been a major emphasis for his department since he took over in 2011.

“It was a time for us to take a look at it and see if we could come up with anything fresh,” said Graham Burnley, Nevada Police Chief.

He says he believes someone out there knows what happened to Kenney, or has information that could help them finally provide answers, and closure to her family and the community.

“I really want to have some sort of information. If we can have the community help us with this, it’s so important for us to get some input from someone who knows something about the case, and give us some direction on where to go,” said Chief Burnley.

Chief Burnley says with the 25th anniversary of Cheryl Kenney’s disappearance upon us, now is the time for anyone with information to come forward, and help her family find peace.

“They want some closure on this, as we want to provide that to them. My police want that same closure. There’s nobody in the world that wants to see a resolution to this case more than we,” said Chief Burnley.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Nevada Police Department at (417) 448-5100. Chief Burnley says callers can remain anonymous.


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Help Springfield police solve this cold murder case


y Maria Neider MNEIDER@KY3.COM |
Posted: Wed 10:37 AM, Oct 17, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Springfield detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding a kidnapper and killer. Shirley Jane Rose died 43 years ago. Police haven’t given up on solving this case and bringing her killer to justice.

The 9-year-old left her grandparents’ house in the 800 block of South West Avenue on October 17, 1975. Investigators say Shirley she started walking home between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. It’s believed she went west on Lombard and then south, down Scenic Avenue. That’s where people reported seeing her talking to a man in a blue Chevy car. She never made it home to the 13-hundred block of south Scenic, just north of where the Ewing Sports Complex is today.

Someone discovered Shirley’s remains nearly 2 months later at McDaniel Lake on December 13, 1975. Animals had uncovered part of a skeleton in the shallow grave about 5 miles north of Dickerson Park Zoo. The person recognized the blouse from the girl’s clothing description given by police. Detectives identified several persons of interest in the case, but no charges got filed.

If you have any information on Shirley Jane Rose’s disappearance or death call Crime Stoppers at (417) 869-TIPS (8499). You can also give a tip by clicking the link to the right of this story. You can stay anonymous





Springfield Detectives Still Searching for Killer in Cold Case

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – It has been 43 years since Shirley Jane Rose, 9, went missing in Springfield.

Wednesday, Crimestoppers sent out a reminder, asking for any information on the 1975 cold case.

Shirley Rose was last seen speaking to a man in a blue Chevy near scenic and west.

Her body was found a few months later at McDaniel Lake.

Springfield detectives identified several persons on interest and numerous interviews were conducted, but no charges were filed.

Shirley’s family hasn’t given up.

They’ve dedicated a website to find her killer and are still hoping someone will come forward to help solve the murder case.

Police seek fresh leads in girl’s 1975 killing in Missouri

Posted 8:19 am, October 19, 2018, by Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Police are looking for fresh leads in the 43-year-old killing of a 9-year-old girl who was abducted while walking home in Springfield and later found in a shallow grave.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the Greater Springfield Area Crime Stoppers issued a plea for fresh information this week to coincide was the anniversary of Shirley Jane Rose disappearance on Oct. 17, 1975. Police say Shirley went missing while walking home from her grandmother’s house.

Witnesses reportedly saw the girl talking to a man in a blue Chevrolet car that evening. Two months later, Shirley’s body was found near McDaniel Lake north of Springfield.

Officer Racel Kleemann, the coordinator of Greater Springfield Area Crime Stoppers, says authorities “haven’t given up on trying to get justice for her.”

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Springfield police say they’re still trying to solve 1975 kidnapping, murder

Harrison Keegan, Springfield News-Leader Published 11:37 a.m. CT Oct. 17, 2018 | Updated 2:13 p.m. CT Oct. 17, 2018

It has been 43 years since a 9-year-old girl was abducted while walking home in Springfield.

The girl was later found in a shallow grave.

The case remains unsolved, but Springfield police say they haven’t given up.

On Wednesday, the anniversary of the day 9-year-old Shirley Jane Rose disappeared in 1975, Greater Springfield Area Crime Stoppers issued a news release asking for new leads.

Police say Shirley was walking from her grandmother’s house at 865 S. West Ave. to her home at 1309 S. Scenic Ave when she was abducted on Oct. 17, 1975.

Witnesses reportedly saw the girl talking to a man in a blue Chevrolet car that evening.

Two months later, Shirley’s body was found near McDaniel Lake north of Springfield.
A map of the area where Shirley Jane Rose is believed to have been abducted in 1975.

A map of the area where Shirley Jane Rose is believed to have been abducted in 1975. (Photo: SPD)

On Wednesday, law enforcement took to Crime Stoppers — a program that offers rewards up to $1,000 for helpful tips — to issue another plea for information that might help them find Shirley’s killer.

Officer Rachel Kleemann, the coordinator of Greater Springfield Area Crime Stoppers, said there have not been any big breaks in the case recently.

Kleemann said Crime Stoppers sent a news release about Shirley’s case on Wednesday as a way to hopefully keep the case on people’s minds.

“We haven’t given up on trying to get justice for her,” Kleemann said. “We hope that by putting it back out there, it jogs someone’s memory.”

Kleemann said Shirley’s family members are still active in sharing information about the case. They maintain the website JusticeForShirleyJaneRose.com.

Bill Lloyd, who led the police investigation of Shirley’s death, told the News-Leader in 1995 he believed the killing was motivated by either drug sales or drug use. Lloyd reportedly said he thought the son of a former Springfield business owner with possible mob ties was responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to call 417-869-8477 or leave a tip online at P3tips.com.


10|17|2018 Crime Stoppers Seeks Information on Springfield Girl’s Death 43 Years Ago

By Michele Skalicky • Oct 18, 2018

Crime Stoppers is sharing information this week about a cold case in hopes of finding a killer more than 40 years later.

Nine-year-old Shirley Jane Rose disappeared the evening of October 17, 1975. She was last seen talking to a male in a blue Chevrolet car on Scenic Ave. while walking between her grandmother’s house at 865 S. West to her home at 1309 S. Scenic.

Her body was found on December 13 of that year in a shallow grave near McDaniel Lake.

Springfield Police Department Detectives identified several persons of interest, and numerous interviews were conducted, but no charges were filed.

Crime Stoppers, the Springfield Police Department and Shirley’s family are hoping that, by bringing the case back up, someone will come forward with additional information regarding the girl’s disappearance and death. According to Crime Stoppers, “law enforcement has not given up on solving this case and bringing Shirley’s killer to justice.”

Anyone with information should call (417) 869-8477 or leave a tip online at p3tips.com. Tipsters will remain anonymous.