UPDATE: Police ID remains found near Grain Valley
Independence police confirmed Thursday afternoon that the human remains found Wednesday near Grain Valley were those of a woman missing since 2020. The case has now become a homicide investigation.
Police confirmed the person found Wednesday was 32-year-old Kensie Aubry, who had been reported missing from Independence in October 2020. IPD had been investigating the Aubry case with Grandview police.
The search happened at a home at 4000 Buckner-Tarsney Road just north of Grain Valley, between Pink Hill and Duncan Road. The FBI, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Grandview police assisted in the search.
Police in Independence and Grandview released a notice in late May as they sought information about Aubry, who had not been in contact with family since early October 2020. Police had been investigating whether Aubry, originally from Pearland, Texas, had been a victim of foul play.
Jackson County records show the property owner with Wednesday’s search as Michael Hendricks, 40, of Grain Valley. In May, he was charged in Jackson County with several charges: two counts of each of enticement or attempted enticement of a child less than 15 years old and first-degree sexual misconduct; third-degree molestation of a child less than 14; and four counts of tampering with evidence. Hendrick’s girlfriend, Maggie Ybarra, 30, of Grandview, faces similar charges in the case.
Independence police have not named a suspect in the Aubry case.
According to court documents in Hendricks-Ybarra case, an underage foster child told Grandview police in April that Ybarra had shown the child pictures of an unidentified woman “with her hands tied, naked and gagged” at Ybarra’s Grandview home. The girl said Ybarra and Ybarra’s boyfriend, Hendricks, had “killed the female and disposed of the body,” and that she knew the area where the body was.
Investigators later learned the girl had been removed from Ybarra’s custody as a small child because of sexual abuse allegations against a former boyfriend of Ybarra’s, but recently had reconnected with Ybarra after she found Ybarra’s profile on Facebook. According to court documents, the girl described incidents in which Hendricks had inappropriately touched her.