- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
Hey Bees, I went to high school with Britny and would really appreciate it if you could just take a good look at these photos. Thank you.
UPDATE: Truck Located and Blood Soaked Comforter Found at Home of Two Sisters Missing From Edgerton, Missouri Since July 13, 2012
Please Help Find Britny and Ashley
Relatives of two missing Platte County sisters fear the worst.
Britny Marie Haarup, age 19, (left two photos) and Ashley Danielle Key, age 22, (right two photos) were last seen the morning of July 13, 2012. Haarup’s two young children, a toddler and a infant, were found unattended by a family member, Britny and Ashley were nowhere to be found.
After all, 19-year-old Britny Haarup never would have left her 6-month-old and 18-month-old daughters alone in a crib. Yet that is where Haarup’s fiancé found the youngsters when he got home about 4 p.m. Friday in Edgerton, Mo.
Haarup’s cellphone was there — along with her purse, her sister’s purse and the shoes her sister had been wearing.
Worse yet, blood soaked a comforter left on the couch, according to her father, Paul Haarup of Smithville.
Saturday night, about 70 relatives and friends gathered near the northern Platte County house for a candlelight vigil for Britny and her 22-year-old sister, Ashley Key. As the candles danced in the dark of a city park, police continued to examine the crime scene across the street.
“I want you to come home,” fiancé Matt Meyers said tearfully of Haarup. “Your babies love you and they miss you.”
Retired pastor Rick Lumm led prayers for the family.
“They are heartbroken, they are grieving, and you being here is making a difference,” Lumm told the crowd.
He prayed that the sisters would return safely and that whoever was responsible for their disappearance would be brought to justice.
After Meyers reported the women missing Friday, authorities began searching for a white 2002 Dodge Ram pickup truck that had been parked outside until about 9:30 a.m. Friday. The truck belongs to Meyers’ father, Jay Meyers, who lives within sight of his son’s house.
If the women vanished when the truck did, 18-month-old Aleah and 6-month-old Adilynn would have been alone in the crib for hours.
Family members of the missing women quickly joined in the search, which spilled into nearby Clay and Clinton counties.
“We were hoping we would find it (the truck) moving, not standing still,” said Paul Haarup, who went through four tanks of gas looking.
A Platte County sheriff’s deputy spotted the truck about 11 a.m. parked in a shady area along a gravel stretch of 200th Street, about a quarter mile east of the Platte and Clay county line, or 1.5 miles west of U.S. 169.
Searchers from the Platte, Clay and Clinton county sheriff’s offices were joined by park rangers, Missouri Highway Patrol troopers, Kansas City police and agents from the Missouri Department of Conservation.
For hours, they searched a bean field to the south and a pasture and cornfields to the north. They called in the Kansas City police helicopter for a look from the air.
But they found no sign of the sisters, who attended school in Smithville before graduating from Park Hill South High School.
Investigators towed the truck to the Kansas City crime laboratory to check for evidence.
Kansas City crime lab crews spent part of Friday and Saturday inside Haarup’s one-story home on Perry Street. Crime scene tape marked the home as off limits to visitors.
Key, who has a 4-year-old daughter, had been through a rough year, her father said. He described her lifestyle as “colorful.”
She had reached out to her sister a week ago, asking to move in while getting back on her feet, he said. Now he fears someone from Key’s past abducted both of his girls.
He described Britny Haarup as a dedicated mother who was taking classes to become a registered nurse.
Alexis Sweeny, a friend of Key’s since third grade, described her as “really outgoing, funny, carefree.”
As the vigil closed shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday, Britny’s father thanked “each and every one of you for coming out.”
“It means the world to us.”
Haarup is 5’3” tall and 130 pounds. Key is 5’5” tall, and 100 pounds.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Platte County Sheriff’s Office at 816-858-3521 or the Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.