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Missing 4-year-old child found safe at Independence convenience store

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Posted at 6:37 PM, Feb 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-09 21:56:10-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Update | Independence police report Raylanna Shepherd was found safe Wednesday night at an Independence Quik Trip at U.S. 40 Highway and Sterling Avenue.
An adult with the child was arrested.

Update | The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Shepherd was located and is safe.

Original story | The Missouri State Highway Patrol has issued an endangered person advisory for a missing 4-year-old.

Raylanna Shepherd was last seen on Tuesday at a QuikTrip located at 201 east 23rd Street in Independence.

The MSHP have identified a man named Juan Lopez as possible suspect.

According to the MSHP, Shepherd's mother allowed her to go the Quiktrip with Lopez.

Lopez later called Shepherd's mother and said he had a flat tire. Shepard never returned home after that.

Shepherd was last seen wearing polka dot pajamas with black and white Nike shoes.

Her hair was parted in the middle with a bun on each side of her head.

Lopez was driving a White Buick LeSabre with the temporary Texas license plate 38547R1.

Anyone with information is asked dial 911.