Independence police want assistance from the community with a missing person’s investigation.

Janelle Johnson, 48, was last seen by a caseworker on April 3. The caseworker dropped Johnson off at the 5800 block of Forest in Kansas City, a few blocks south of UMKC and Rockhurst University.

Johnson is homeless and suffers from liver complications, police say, and it is believed she does not have her medication.

On May 17, an unknown woman named “Bernadette” contacted a caseworker and mentioned she had some of Johnson’s property. Bernadette did not leave her contact information. Police say they do not suspect foul play at this time.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Johnson or “Bernadette” is asked to call the IPD tips hotline at 816-325-7777 or email