Jul 01, 2019 12:26 PM

Body of missing Kansas teen found in back of tractor-trailer

Posted Jul 01, 2019 12:26 PM

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have found the body of a missing teen in the back of a tractor-trailer in Kansas City, Kansas.

17-year-old Jasmine Mills, of Olathe, had been missing for two days when her remains were found Saturday morning in an industrial area near the Kansas River.

Her mother, Deanna Peters, says her daughter was supposed to go do some odd jobs for an adult friend when she was last seen. Peters says the friend Jasmine was supposed to be working for told her Jasmine never arrived.

Peters is waiting for police to determine what caused her daughter's death. Police in Kansas City, Kansas, and Olathe are investigating. Olathe police have released little information except to say the death is suspicious.

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Jul 01, 2019 12:26 PM
Suspect arrested for NE Kansas arson fire

SHAWNEE COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating an arson fire and have a suspect in custody.

Just after 1p.m. Saturday. fire crews responded to a structure fire located at 911 SE Bellview Avenue in Topeka, according to Fire Marshal Michael Martin.

Upon arrival, fire crews found the two story wooden frame residential structure with smoke showing. Firefighters began an offensive fire attack, keeping it confined to the structure of fire origin.

A preliminary investigation indicates the fire was intentionally set, according to Martin. The estimated dollar loss – $15,000.00; of which all is associated with structural loss. 

During the course of the investigation a suspect was identified. Police arrested 32-year-old Wesley E. Howell. He booked into the Shawnee County Department of Corrections on requested charges of arson. 

There were no injuries reported.