Police find remains of Missouri woman 7 months after her disappearance

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One of two skulls discovered in a rural area near Kansas City, Mo., has been positively identified as Jessica Runion, according to ABC News and Kansas City police.

Her death is being investigated by Kansas City police as a homicide. Those remains were later identified as 21-year-old Brandon Herring, of Raytown, Missouri, who was reported missing in November.

Runions' family has searched rural areas almost every weekend since she went missing.

The common thread between the two missing girls is Kylr Yust who reportedly abused Kara during their relationship and is now in jail, charged with torching Jessica's auto. Runions was last seen leaving a gathering of friends with Yust, and Kopetsky had filed a protection order against him shortly before she disappeared. The skulls were discovered near each other on Monday and Tuesday of this week in a secluded area near State Route Y and East 233rd. She was last seen at Belton High School in May 2007. On Thursday, about 100 investigators were out there, spending a majority of the day gridding the enter area.

"I didn't find the necklace and bracelet", she said.

Authorities immediately notified the families of two long-standing missing person cases under the impression that the skulls could belong to either woman.

According to court documents, Kopetsky claimed that Yust had kidnapped and restrained her, choked her and threatened to cut her throat in their nine-month relationship. "Here we are, still waiting, yet again".

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Runions was reported missing in September of 2016. Her family has maintained their belief that Yust is responsible for her daughter's disappearance.

Yust is set to face trial for setting Runions' vehicle on fire in October.

A week before that, he was placed on two years probation after pleading guilty to charges of beating and choking his 18-year-old pregnant girlfriend.

"We'll continue to work", Weber said.

Yust has also been connected to Kopetsky's disappearance.

Rhonda Beckford, Kara's mom, was with the Runions family when word broke of the identification.

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