A lawyer for a woman Kansas City Police questioned Wednesday in the connection to the disappearance of the wife of a Independence firefighter lashed out at law enforcement officials for “tipping off” local media outlets to follow and photograph his client.

A lawyer for a woman Kansas City Police questioned Wednesday in the connection to the disappearance of the wife of a Independence firefighter lashed out at law enforcement officials for “tipping off” local media outlets to follow and photograph his client.

Attorney Edward V. Byrne said his client, Kelli Sharp of Overland Park, Kan., was interviewed Wednesday by Kansas City police in connection with the investigation into the whereabouts of Renee Pernice, the wife of Independence firefighter Shon Pernice. Renee Pernice was reported missing Jan. 3 by her father.

“She was fully cooperative and answered all questions put to her, and without reservation,” Byrne said in a statement released Wednesday evening. “During the interview police once again unequivocally confirmed to Ms. Sharp she is not a suspect in this matter, nor is she accused of wrongdoing or participation, direct or indirect, in connection with the January 2 disappearance of Mrs. Pernice.”

Byrne said in the statement that before the interview was over, Sharp expressed complete willingness to reappear at any time to answer any further questions authorities might have. 

“Despite her complete cooperation, we are distressed and dismayed that some within the local law enforcement community apparently continue to tip off local media to Ms. Sharp’s daily activities and movements so that they may follow and photograph her in public locations,” Byrne said in the statement. “We again ask that this cease immediately.”

The relationship between the Pernices and Sharp has not been publicly established. Officials with the Kansas City Police Department, Byrne, and lawyers for Shon Pernice have declined to comment on the connection between the Pernices and Sharp.

Rick Pretz, Renee Pernice’s father, said Tuesday the family hopes that the investigation into his daughter’s disappearance is gaining ground now that detectives have at least questioned someone, even though Sharp is not considered by the KCPD a suspect in the case.

Kansas City Police on Saturday released a video surveillance image of a white truck – possibly a GMC, extended or quad cab model seeking the public’s help in identifying the owner of the truck.

The video image was taken on a surveillance camera the morning of Jan. 2 in the vicinity of Gladstone Boulevard from St. John to Seventh or Eighth Street. Renee Pernice’s cell phone was discovered Jan. 3 near Sixth Street and Gladstone. Later Saturday, police released a picture of Sharp, seeking the public’s help identifying any connection between Sharp and the truck.

“This is just me, but if you read what was going on, things were more low-key,” Pretz said. “You didn’t see things like a picture of a truck, a picture of a person being posted on TV asking for help. So, from the family’s point of view we are very encouraged about something specific as that. There is something of substance there.”