Kara Kopetsky was 17 when she was last seen by surveillance cameras leaving Belton High School on May 4, 2007. She has not been seen or heard from since.
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BELTON, Mo. - The mother of a missing Belton teenager will mark the five-year anniversary of her daughter’s disappearance during a community walk in her daughter’s memory on Sunday.
Kara Kopetsky was last seen leaving Belton High School on May 4, 2007. The five-year anniversary of her disappearance is Friday.
It is an emotional time for Kara’s mother, Rhonda Beckford.
“We never thought we would still be searching for Kara five years," Beckford said. "But we are not going to give up.”
“Somebody knows something, and I believe when she left school that day she got in a car with someone she knew,” Beckford continued.
The total reward for information leading to Kara is $80,000. That includes a $50,000 reward from the FBI and $30,000 from supporters who donated money hoping to find Kara.
“There are no words to describe how I feel about the people who have been there for walks and searches,” said Beckford. “The supporters and my faith in God keep me going.”
Kara’s mom said she will never stop searching for her daughter. She said that over the past five years, there have been many bad days where she misses her daughter and breaks down in tears.
“I’ll hear a song on the radio or see a place that triggers a memory and then it hits me because I miss her,” said Beckford.
The 5-Year Walk for Kara is Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Cedar Tree Square Shopping Center in Belton.
If you have any information to help police find Kara, please call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-8477(TIPS).
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