Man charged with killing Missouri sisters

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Clay County man has been charged in the deaths of two Missouri sisters whose bodies were found late Sunday night in a Clinton County field.

Clifford D. Miller, 31, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Britny Haarup, 19 and Ashley Key, 22, both of Edgerton, Mo.

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Authorities say Miller was high on methamphetamine on Friday morning when he went to Haarup's home with the intention to have sex with her. They were acquaintances with no romantic history, according to authorities.

Miller allegedly entered the home to find Key asleep on the couch. After a brief confrontation, authorities say Miller beat and smothered Key with a pillow.

Miller then allegedly went upstairs where Haarup was sleeping and struck her with an object before smothering her with a pillow.

Authorities say Miller then stole a white pickup truck and dumped the bodies of Haarup and Key near a tree line on a Clinton County field, where they were recovered Sunday night.

Read the probable cause statement associated with the charges here: http://bit.ly/NE7HlO

The sisters were first reported missing on Friday night, when Haarup's fiancé returned home to find her two kids home alone.

Haarup had two young daughters, ages 18 months and 6 months. Key had a four-year-old daughter.

On Saturday, authorities found the missing truck abandoned.

Platte County Sherriff Richard Anderson said a citizen came forward who saw Miller driving the truck in question.

Further investigation showed that Miller was allegedly attempting to sell firearms similar to guns stolen from Haarup's home.

Clifford was taken into custody Sunday in Parkville, Mo., and later charged.

In Missouri, first degree murder carries a sentence of life in prison without parole. In some instances, it can result in the death penalty.

Prosecutors say they will review the case to see if the state will seek the death penalty.

Two memorial funds have been set up for Haarup and Key's children.

Donations can be made to Kansas City Police Credit Union in Kansas City, Mo., or at the Platte Valley Bank in Dearborn, Mo.

Family and friends will hold a celebration of life for Haarup and Key will be held at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church at 5705 Hwy Z in Edgerton at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Anyone wishing to send flowers may do so directly to the church.

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