Body found identified as missing teen Montee Ross

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The mother of a missing Kansas City, Mo., teenager says the body found near her house had clothes matching what her son was wearing the day he disappeared. Police confirmed the body was her son Thursday afternoon.

His body was discovered in an open area near the family's house Wednesday morning in the 11500 block of Food Lane. Officers were called there because 14-year-old Montee Ross hadn't been seen since Sunday morning.

Even before the identity was confirmed, Montee's mother, Alicia Temple, said she was convinced it was her son.

Montee, an eighth-grader at Hickman Mills Junior High, was last seen when he left with two of his siblings to walk to a nearby store.

When his brother came back, he said Montee had left with a friend.

"It's just hard not having him here to hear his voice and see him smile or crack a joke, but I'm keeping strong," Temple said. "God is giving me strength. What's done in the dark has to come to light."

Police investigators questioned several family members on Wednesday, but no arrest has been made.

"Please come forward," Temple said to anyone who might know what happened to Montee. "Have a conscience. I know you're afraid but stand up."

Temple said Montee has two younger and two older siblings who "love him very much."

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