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    MO - Rita Rinehart, 32, Kansas City, 18 April 1980

    http://www.kmbc.com/mostpopular/18607368/detail.html

    30 Jan 09

    Rita Rinehart has been missing for almost 29 years.

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    The mother of two girls was 32 in April 1980 when she suddenly vanished.

    Rita Rinehart worked at the Folger's coffee plant in downtown Kansas City.

    She had moved to Raymore to get away from her husband, David Rinehart, who had been charged with raping Rita's 8-year-old daughter.

    David Rinehart ultimately spent five years in prison.

    Rita Rinehart was supposed to testify in the case. She had said she was afraid of her husband and that he had once held a gun to her head.

    A month after Rita was last seen in Kansas City, David Rinehart's brother found Rita's pickup at a truck stop at Interstate 70 and Highway 7.

    Police said Rita was fond of talking on CB radios with truck drivers. Her call sign was Wild Woman.

    Investigators said Rita's pickup appeared to have been towed to the truck stop, and a line going to the transmission had been cut.

    Foul play is suspected.

    Rita's two daughters were later adopted by relatives.

    David Rinehart still lives in the area.

    Anyone with information in the case can call the Crime Stoppers TIPS hot line at 816-474-TIPS.

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    (Gee, ya think the husband knows anything about this disappearance?)

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    NAME: RITA L. RINEHART

    SEX: FEMALE

    DOB: 4-10-1948

    HEIGHT: 5’9”

    WEIGHT: 200-220 LBS.

    HAIR: BROWN

    EYES: BROWN

    OTHER PHYSICAL: DEFORMED RIGHT HAND; WORE EYEGLASSES

    MISSING SINCE: 4-18-1980

    MISSING FROM: UNKNOWN; 1600 N.E. RUSSELL RD. USED AS AN ALIBI.

    AGE AT TIME OF DISAPPEARANCE: 32 YEARS OF AGE

    MISC: MS. RINEHART DROVE A 1972 CHEVROLET TON PICKUP TRUCK, VIN: CCE142J124632, MO./1980 LICENSE EX6-401. THE VEHICLE WAS OLIVE GREEN WITH A YELLOW HOOD AND RIGHT FRONT FENDER. THE TRUCK WAS LOCATED BY RINEHART’S HUSBAND’S BROTHER AT THE 707 TRUCK STOP, I-70 & 7 HWY. IN BLUE SPRINGS, MO. ON 5-19-80. THE TRUCK APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN TOWED TO THAT LOCATION AND HAD BEEN THERE SINCE AT LEAST 5-1-80. IT HAD ITEMS, INCLUDING A SHOVEL, A ROPE, AND A SERRATED KNIFE IN THE TRUCK, ALONG WITH A WOMAN’S PURSE. EXAMINATION OF THE VEHICLE’S ENGINE SHOWED THE LINE GOING TO THE TRANSMISSION HAD BEEN CUT.

    CASE NUMBER: 00-N76215

    FOUL PLAY SUSPECTED: YES

    POSSIBLE DESTINATION: UNKNOWN

    REMARKS: AT THE TIME OF HER DISAPPEARANCE, RINEHART HAD A PENDING COURT CASE AGAINST HER HUSBAND. HER HUSBAND HAD AT ONE POINT HELD A GUN TO HER HEAD, AND RINEHART WAS EXTREMELY AFRAID OF HIM. RINEHART WAS ALSO KNOWN TO COMMUNICATE WITH TRUCKERS VIA CB RADIO, USING THE CALL NAME “WILD WOMAN.”

    DNA: Available

    NCIC #M315099849

    http://www.kansascitymo.gov/police/m...ehart-missing/
    Last edited by KateB; 04-08-2015 at 04:47 AM. Reason: update link & photo.

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    Rita L. Rinehart


    Above Images: Rinehart, circa 1980


    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

    Missing Since: April 18, 1980 from Kansas City, Missouri
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date of Birth: April 10, 1948
    Age: 32 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'9, 200 - 220 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Rinehart wears eyeglasses. Her citizen's band (CB) radio handle is Wild Woman. Rinehart's right hand is deformed.


    Details of Disappearance

    Rinehart was last seen in Kansas City, Missouri on April 18, 1980. She has never been heard from again. At the time of her disappearance, she was driving a 1972 Chevrolet half-ton pickup truck, olive green in color with a yellow hood and a yellow right front fender. The truck's vehicle identification number was CCE142J124632 and the Missouri license plate was numbered EX6-401.
    Rinehart's husband's brother found her truck at the 707 Truck Stop at Interstate 70 and Highway 7 in Blue Springs, Missouri on May 19, 1980, over a month after her disappearance. The truck had apparently been towed to that location and had been there since at least May 1. Its transmission line had been cut. A shovel, a serrated knife, a rope and a woman's purse were inside the vehicle. There was no sign of Rinehart at the scene.

    At the time of her disappearance, Rinehart was involved in a court case against her husband. She said she was afraid of him and alleged he had held a gun to her head. Rinehart communicated with truck drivers on CB radio in 1980; her handle was Wild Woman. Her case remains unsolved.



    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Kansas City Police Department
    816-234-5136



    Source Information
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    Kansas City Police Department



    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 31, 2007; casefile added.

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    http://www.kmbc.com/news/18607368/detail.html
    Metro Woman Missing For Nearly 30 Years
    Rita Rinehart Hasn't Been Seen Since April 1980

    POSTED: 5:04 pm CST January 30, 2009
    UPDATED: 6:39 pm CST January 30, 2009


    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Charges of child abuse and murder against Danial Rinehart have made headlines in Cass County this month.

    A case involving another Rinehart named Rita is less known, but has been going on for nearly three decades.

    Rita Rinehart has been missing for almost 29 years.

    One relative told KMBC's Peggy Breit that the two Rinehart families aren't related, but another relative said they might be.

    Either way, investigators said Rita Rinehart's case deserves attention. The mother of two girls was 32 in April 1980 when she suddenly vanished.

    Rita Rinehart worked at the Folger's coffee plant in downtown Kansas City. She had moved to Raymore to get away from her husband, David Rinehart, who had been charged with raping Rita's 8-year-old daughter.

    David Rinehart ultimately spent five years in prison.

    Rita Rinehart was supposed to testify in the case. She had said she was afraid of her husband and that he had once held a gun to her head.

    A month after Rita was last seen in Kansas City, David Rinehart's brother found Rita's pickup at a truck stop at Interstate 70 and Highway 7.

    Police said Rita was fond of talking on CB radios with truck drivers. Her call sign was Wild Woman.

    Investigators said Rita's pickup appeared to have been towed to the truck stop, and a line going to the transmission had been cut.

    Foul play is suspected.

    Rita's two daughters were later adopted by relatives.

    David Rinehart still lives in the area.

    Anyone with information in the case can call the Crime Stoppers TIPS hot line at 816-474-TIPS.

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    Do you all think this could be her? JD's face looks alot like her. I know my sisters nose changed some because of her wearing glasses, the bridge was made more narrow over the years. I'm going to put Rita on the Unidentified's thread (mainly to do a side by side)and see what happens! Wonder if there was any relatives living in Kentucky, anybody know?

    http://doenetwork.org/cases/530ufky.html

    The victim was discovered on July 22, 2005 in Shively, Jefferson County, Kentucky
    Estimated Date of Death: 2 - 15 years
    Cause of Death: Homicide
    partial Skeletal Remains

    Vital Statistics

    Estimated age: 20-40 years old
    Approximate Height and Weight: 5'2"-5'4".
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Three small hairs found near the body lead officials to believe she had straight brown hair, but that might only have been a root color. Distinctive, narrow nose.
    Dentals: Available
    DNA: Available in FBI NMPDD

    Case History
    The victim was located as a construction company was clearing a lot in the 3600 Block of Seventh Street Road in Shively, Kentucky on July 22, 2005. The lot once had an old ice-cream supply house and then a junkyard that has since been cleared.
    Detectives said a year of research and tips from the scene led to the conclusion that her death was a homicide. Her body was purposely laid in a way to be hidden and her hands and body position indicate foul play.

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    My biggest problem with this match would be the height difference. It seems rather substantial, although skeletal remains are usually just estimates.
    Rita's height at 5'9" might put her out of the range of possibilities for LE to consider.

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    Thank you for this information.
    ALL EVIL NEEDS TO SUCCEED IS FOR GOOD PEOPLE TO DO NOTHING!!!!

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