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Missing-person case in Independence investigated

The Examiner staff

The vehicle that belongs to a missing woman from Independence was located Thursday morning off U.S. 40 near Lake Tapawingo Lane in Blue Springs. Human remains were found inside the car, though authorities had not positively identified the body as of early Thursday.

The car belongs to Rachel Gillmore, 73, who family say left her Independence home last Thursday for a doctor’s appointment.

The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office is working to determine the identity and cause of the death of the body, while Independence police are investigating the missing person case and the Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

The Highway Patrol said it received a call about the located vehicle, a 2018 Silver Kia Rio, at 9:25 a.m. Thursday, though it has not said who located the car. A spokesperson said the car was in a heavily wooded area off the eastbound lanes of U.S. 40, and with full foliage it likely had not been visible to motorists driving past.

The Highway Patrol said the car left the roadway in a single-car crash, and investigators identified the car as registered to Gillmore.

Independence Police said Gillmore’s family filed a missing person’s report Monday, though they had asked police to do a residence check Sunday. Police said there was no answer to Gillmore’s phone, her car was not at her home, and the family did not know the location of her doctor’s appointment.