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Family mourns death of missing Olathe teen

Posted: 5:06 PM, Jul 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-01 18:22:27-04
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OLATHE, Kan. — A family is seeking answers in the death of their loved one, following a mysterious disappearance.

Kansas City, Kansas, police found the body of 17-year-old Jasmine Mills in an industrial area near South 12th Street and Pawnee Avenue. The location is more than 20 miles from the Olathe, Kansas, home she shared with her sister Aliesa Boll.

"She was always happy and when she wasn’t, she came to me because we were best friends she was the only person I had," Boll said.

Boll told 41 Action News that she and Mills helped a family friend clean out the cab of a semi behind a grocery store in Olathe late Wednesday night. When they got home, Boll vividly recalls their last conversation early Thursday morning.

"Last time I heard from her was 2 o’clock in the morning, because we had just came back from the person‘s truck that we were going to plan. He apparently called her and said that she forgot to do something and I don’t know that she was leaving. My last words to her were, 'I’ll see you in the morning,'" Boll said.

Mills' family knew something wasn't right when they didn't hear from her by Friday.

"She would always text her mother, 'I’m ok,' you know, because she didn’t want to have to call the police on her that she’s a runaway or she’s a missing person," Kacee Knedlik, Mills' godmother said.

The family began a desperate search and printed "missing" posters.

"We searched the trails, we searched everywhere that we can think that she could possibly would be. We went to her friends’ houses, we talked her friends... nothing," Boll said.

Saturday evening, police informed Mills' family of the grim discovery.

Mills' body was found inside the back of a tractor trailer, according to her family.

"It makes me sick to my stomach to think that, that baby laid in there for two days with the hot heat dead," Knedlik said.

Police have said the teen’s death is suspicious, but haven't released additional details.

"She’s never going to be forgotten. She’s always going to be in our hearts. She was perfect," Boll said.

Mills' family has established a Facebook campaign to help with funeral expenses.

"She’s in heaven now looking down on us now and trying to keep us strong to get through this," Knedlik said.

Anyone with information regarding Mills' death is asked to call the Olathe Police Department at 913-971-6950, or the KC Crimestoppers TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.