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Independence police locate missing person

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Posted at 12:31 AM, Nov 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-15 10:56:21-05

UPDATE, 9:55 a.m. | Lexi Kraus was located and is safe.

ORIGINAL STORY, 12:30 a.m. | The Independence Police Department is asking for the public’s help to locate missing person Lexi R. Kraus, 18.

Kraus is five feet, two inches tall, and 125 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes.

Police say Kraus is from Oak Grove but was last known to be in the area of Independence.

Kraus has autism, epilepsy and a traumatic brain injury. She is on several medications that need to be taken on a regular basis.

But when she left Oak Grove, she did not bring her medications.

She is believed to have last been in the 500 block of East Aberdeen before the location was turned off on her phone and her communication with her parents stopped, according to IPD.

Officers believe it’s possible Kraus could be with Caleb Rice, but police say they have not been able to make contact with him.

Anyone with information about the location of Kraus and/or Rice is asked to contact IPD dispatch at 816-836-3600, the IPD Tips Hotline at 816-325-7777 or email