Jackson County assistant prosecutor dies of COVID-19

JoEllen Engelbart.jpg
Posted at 7:49 PM, Jan 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 18:00:47-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An assistant prosecutor from the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office died Saturday after contracting COVID-19.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced on Twitter that JoEllen Engelbart, an assistant prosecutor in the county’s Independence office, “valiantly fought COVID, but lost that battle today.”

“She was joyful, smart, so kind, happy without appearing to try and always volunteering,” Baker said in the tweet. “If you knew her, you would love her like I do.”

Lee's Summit Police Chief Travis Forbes and Leavenworth County Prosecutor Todd Thompson were among those who expressed condolences on social media Saturday night.

Engelbart was elected in 2018 to serve on the Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section Council for a two-year term.