Sheriff’s office identifies woman as homicide victim

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Sheriff’s office identifies woman as homicide victim

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 14:56
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EXCELSIOR SPRING – After finding a body Feb. 11, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday identified the victim as Alesha Jane Reade, 45, Independence.

Her death is not believed to have occurred where law enforcers found the body, Sheriff’s Capt. Robert Hays said.

“We don’t have a pure crime scene yet, so we’re assuming the body was probably placed there along the road in the wooded area afterward,” he said.

The office reported finding Reade’s body near Cameron and Easley roads in southern Clay County. The area is about eight miles south of Excelsior Springs and roughly a mile north of Missouri City.

The office is not releasing the cause of death.

“We’re waiting for the M.E. (medical examiner) report to give us the official cause of death,” Hays said. “But we could tell … by the condition of her (body) that it was a homicide.”

He asks anyone with information to call the Investigations Unit at 816-407-3723 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

“If anyone knows her, has heard anything about her – that’s what we’re wanting,” Hays said. “If they’ve seen her anywhere in Independence at that time, anywhere in the Clay County area or wherever, give us a call.”

Reade has not been seen since Feb. 9 in Independence and had been reported missing Feb. 11, office information states.