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Independence police identify remains found on Grain Valley property as missing woman Kensie Aubry

Kensie Aubry
Posted at 3:28 PM, Jul 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-15 18:14:27-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — Independence police have identified a woman whose remains were found at a Grain Valley property on Wednesday.

The woman was identified 32-year-old Kensie Renee Aubry, who was reported missing since October 2020.

Authorities began digging at the home located in 4000 block of Buckner Tarsney Road in Grain Valley Wednesday morning. Hours later, the remains were found.

The property where Aubry's remains were found is owned by Michael Hendricks and his wife.

Hendricks is currently charged with nine sex-related crimes.

Those include two counts of enticement or attempted enticement of a child less than 15 years-old, third-degree child molestation of a child less than 14, two counts of first-degree sexual misconduct and four counts related to tampering with evidence.

Court documents revealed that in April, a woman named Maggie Ybarra had shown a minor child pictures of an unidentified woman "with her hands tied, naked and gagged."

Ybarra, who's also charged with the same nine counts, later told the girl that Hendricks, "killed the female and disposed of the body," according to court documents.

The girl was previously removed from Ybarra's custody due to allegations of sexual abuse by one of Ybarra's former boyfriends. The two reconnected after she found Ybarra's Facebook profile last fall.

The girl also said that Ybarra and Hendricks had acted inappropriate toward her on several occasions and tried to entice her to participate in sexual acts with them.

During a jailhouse call in May, Ybarra asked her boyfriend to dispose of some items that "were wrapped in (a) sheet in the garage," of her Grandview residence.

Both Hendricks and Ybaraa are scheduled for a pre-trial teleconference on July 20.

A homicide investigation is ongoing, though no suspects in connection to the case have been named.