Cell phone records led police to missing KCMO woman

Posted at 3:44 PM, Jul 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-23 16:44:29-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Disturbing court documents released Monday outline how police were able to locate the body of a missing Kansas City, Mo. woman.

On July 6, Kansas City, Mo. Police sent out a flyer about a missing woman, Meshon Cooper, 43. Three days later, her body was found in a Shawnee, Kansas house. 

On July 16, Johnson County prosecutors charged Ronald Kidwell, 47, in Cooper’s death.

Court documents say police traced Cooper’s phone to a home belonging to Kidwell.

When police went to Kidwell’s house, they noticed the overwhelming smell of bleach and requested a search warrant.

Once inside, investigators located Cooper’s body inside.

In an interview with police, Kidwell admitted to killing Cooper by repeatedly striking her and stabbing her, but said it was self-defense.

He further told detectives that his actions were not pre-meditated, but compared his actions when mad to that of the exorcist.