Woman digging for answers 10 days after friend's disappearance

Posted at 7:49 PM, Mar 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-30 23:27:14-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ten days after a 68-year-old woman disappeared from her home in Kansas City, friends continue to conduct search efforts in hopes of finding her.

Friends told 41 Action News that Jones has been missing after she left her home on Charlotte Street to go get rent money on March 20.

Although they said Jones suffered from heart problems and other health issues, the circumstances regarding her disappearance have them very suspicious.

"This is so uncharacteristic of her to leave everyone hanging and worried because she wouldn't want that," explained Ashley Land, her property manager. "I just have this gut-wrenching feeling that she needs whoever is near her to reach out for her.”

Land pointed to a number of things inside the home leading to concerns about Jones.

From morning pills and a breakfast bowl being left out to no clothes being taken and a hat Jones commonly wore being left behind.

Land also said that genealogy research that Jones had a passion for was left inside her home.

"Her genealogy was her heart," Land explained. "She would not have left that stuff here.” 

Friends of Jones describe her as a caring, kind and shy person who would often sit at a table on her front porch and keep a close eye on the neighborhood.

"I’d sit out there thinking I'd see her walk down the road or something and I haven’t seen that," explained her neighbor and friend Cari Ann Taylor-Hutson. "Just knowing that she’s out there somewhere where I don’t know where she’s at. If I knew she was okay, it’d be different.” 

The disappearance has led to Land printing out pictures of Jones and heading to various areas around the metro asking people if they have seen her.

"We’ve checked the hospitals, the morgues. Everywhere we can think of. The jails," she explained. "There’s just absolutely no sign of her.”

On Friday, Land said she spent some time going through Jones's phonebook and calling contacts before heading to a nearby 7-Eleven with pictures of Jones.

"It weighs on you every day but I’m not losing hope," she explained. "None of us are losing hope.”

Police continue to investigate Jones's disappearance.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kansas City, Missouri Missing Persons Unit at 816-234-5136.