Body found 'believed to be' woman missing since September, 'person of interest' wanted 'for questioning'

Body found ‘believed to be’ woman missing since September, ‘person of interest’ wanted ‘for questioning’

(As originally published with additional photos, Thu, November 2nd 2023, 7:26 PM EDT)

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (TND) — Detectives following leads in the case of a missing woman brought along cadaver dogs and searched an area of Kansas City.

On Tuesday, one of those dogs found a body in a wooded area and police from the nearby city of Independence said the body “has identifiers that are consistent with those of Ebony Duncan,” a 44-year-old woman last seen in Independence on Sept. 6.

Authorities said at about 5 p.m. that day, somebody in a car picked her up, and police released a photo of the car, hoping for leads.

Family members said Duncan didn’t show up for work the next day and police have been investigating ever since.

For now, police said the body “is believed to be” Duncan and “a positive identification will have to be made with the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office.”

Body found 'believed to be' woman missing since September, 'person of interest' wanted 'for questioning'
Ebony Duncan (left) has not been seen since September and is “believed to be” dead, while police want to question a “person of interest,” Keaira Ransberg (Jenkins), whose last known address was in Kansas City. (Independence Police Dept.)

Detectives are also looking for a “person of interest.” They want to question 42-year-old Keaira Ransberg (Jenkins), whose last known address was in Kansas City. They released a photo of Ransberg but have not said how she might be connected to the case.

Anyone with information is urged to click here and submit a tip or call the area’s Crime Stoppers at 816-474-TIPS (8477). Either way, tipsters can remain anonymous.

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