Police and investigators have wrapped up their search for a missing Independence girl.

Police and investigators have wrapped up their search for a missing Independence girl.


Sgt. Ronda Montgomery, a spokesperson for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, said investigators wrapped up their current site search for Katie Seefeldt on Wednesday afternoon.


Montgomery said police have recovered no remains, though they have seized several items from the site.


“It is too soon to tell if any of the items are of any evidentiary value in the case,” Montgomery said, adding that police will continue to follow up on other leads. 


Seefeldt went missing when she was 12, more than nine years ago. Acting on recent tips, Jackson County deputies and other police agencies searched an area near Blue Mills and Twyman roads in eastern Independence.


Sheriff Mike Sharp had said that police received tips as long as four months ago regarding the cold case of Seefeldt, who was last seen Oct. 13, 2002, at her home in the 19000 block of 18th Street North in unincorporated Independence.


The Sheriff’s Office reopened the investigation in September, and several published reports in the Kansas City area led to several tips that the police are now pursuing.


Seefeldt was reportedly grounded at the time of her disappearance, according to police. Early one Sunday, Katie answered the phone and told the caller that she couldn’t receive phone calls so late. When her mother woke up the next morning, her daughter and some new clothes were missing.