Every 40 seconds a child goes missing, and on May 4, 2007, Kara Kopetsky became one among thousands of reported missing children in the United States. The recent return of Jaycee Dugard to her family keeps hope alive for all families waiting for news of missing loved ones. Have you seen Kara Kopetsky?
Kara Kopetsky – Last Seen
Kara was last seen leaving Belton High School in Belton, Missouri on the morning of May 4, 2007. Kara’s parents, Rhonda and Jim Beckford said that their daughter had runaway before, so they were not immediately concerned by her disappearance because she always returned in a few days. But this time Kara did not come back, and her cell phone and bank card were not used, nor was her MySpace page accessed.
Kara Kopetsky – Physical Description
Kara was born on February 17, 1990, in Frankfurt, Germany. Kara is a white female with hazel eyes, brownish and reddish blond hair, and when reported missing weighed 110 pounds (165 kg), and stood 5′ 5″ tall (165 cm). Kara has a scar on her forehead, double-pierced ears, and her navel is pierced, too. At the time Kara went missing she was wearing a gray T-shirt with white skull print, dark jeans, black studded belt, a gray three-quarter sleeve sweater, black and white checkered tennis shoes, and a black leather hobo bag. Kara was 17 years-old when she disappeared, and today would be 21 years-old.
Is there a connection?
Law enforcement authorities are investigating a possible sighting of a young woman on May 17, 2007 in Louisburg, Kansas similar in appearance to Kara accompanied by a man. Witnesses have provided a physical description of the man leading to a composite sketch. Authorities are concerned that there may be a connection between the disappearance of Kara and another 17 year-old teenager, Kelsey Smith.
Kelsey Smith was similar in physical appearance to Kara, and disappeared on June 2, 2007 from a Target in Overland Park, Kansas. Kelsey was found four days later murdered. Police have a videotape of a man in connection with the Kelsey case that bears a resemblance to the person of interest sketch in the Kara Kopetsky case. However, police have not named the man in the Kelsey Smith case a suspect.
Kara Kopetsky Missing Person Posters
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children poster.
FBI missing person poster.
The FBI is offering a reward up to $50,000 for information leading to the recovery of Kara Kopetsky and the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person responsible for her disappearance.
If you have any information about the disappearance, or whereabouts of Kara Kopetsky, please contact National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) or the nearest FBI office .