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    MO - Summer Shipp, 54, found dismembered, Kansas City, 8 Dec 2004

    Missing woman was last seen in Independence

    Monday, December 13, 2004

    The search for a missing Kansas City woman has shifted to the Independence area after her car was found here over the weekend

    Summer Shipp, 54, was last seen in a central Independence neighborhood Wednesday as she was conducting door-to-door market research surveys. She was reported missing Friday after her family had not heard from her and she did not come into work.

    Detective George Parks of the Independence Police Department said her car, a bronze four-door BMW, was discovered on the 1500 block of West College Terrace Saturday.

    "There is no evidence of foul play at this time," he said. "We have talked to people in the neighborhood who recall seeing her in the neighborhood, but we haven't found someone who knows where she went."

    Search dogs from Leavenworth, Kan., were brought in to assist in the search, but no evidence of where Shipp might have gone was found.

    Parks said there are few leads in the case. He said the Police Department is looking for anyone who has any information on the whereabouts of the woman.

    "There are fliers all over the place," he said. "We will follow up on whatever leads come into our office."

    At this time, Parks said it appears Shipp disappeared while she was working in Independence. However, it is unclear exactly when she was last seen or where the woman might have gone.

    Shipp is 5 foot 1 inch and 105 pounds. She has strawberry blond hair. Her family is offering a $10,000 reward for information that could lead to finding Shipp.

    If anyone has information on Shipp or her location, call 474-TIPS.

    Link with picture:

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    Reward Offered For Info On Missing Woman

    POSTED: 4:27 pm CST December 13, 2004

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A reward is being offered for information about a missing Midtown woman, KMBC reported Monday.

    Summer A. Shipp has not been seen since Wednesday.

    Authorities said she is 5 feet 1 inch tall and 105 pounds. She has reddish-blond hair.

    Shipp was last seen wearing blue jeans and a pink and gray sweater.

    Police found her car over the weekend in Independence.

    KMBC reported that a $10,000 reward is now being offered.

    Information on Shipp's whereabouts can be phoned into the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.

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    Aug 2004
    Thank you for posting this! It isn't too horribly far from where I live and I haven't seen a thing on the St Louis news yet.

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    My guess is she knocked on the wrong door while doing her door to door sales and somebody killed her. This is an extremely dangerous occupation these days.

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    Aug 2003

    Not a lot of new info, but the police are following up...

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    Search continues

    By Stephanie Howard and David Tanner
    The Examiner
    Saturday, December 18, 2004

    Vigil planned Summer Shipp's family will hold prayer at 5 p.m. Sunday at the site where her car was found. That's across from where police searched the home at 1515 W. College Terrace.

    The search for Summer Shipp continues this weekend, with her family planning a prayer vigil for Sunday.

    Police acted on a tip on Friday, bringing in search-and-rescue dogs to scour the woods east of William Chrisman High School and behind the China 1 Buffet restaurant.

    Detective George Parks with the Inde pendence Police Department said someone saw Shipp in the area of U.S. 24 and Parker Street.

    "This is a large and vast area," Parks said, indicating why police used the dogs to help.

    Shipp, 54, of Kansas City, has been missing since Dec. 8. Independence police found her car in the 1500 block of College Terrace Saturday.

    Shipp's family will hold prayer vigil at 5 p.m. Sunday at the site where her 1986 BMW was found.

    The location is across from where police searched a home at 1515 W. College Terrace, where officers reportedly removed some items.

    Police did not say what the items were, or if they were related to the Shipp case, only that a witness said Shipp entered the home on Dec. 8 while doing her job as a door-to-door market researcher.

    Police on Dec. 11 arrested Jeff Sauerbry, an occupant of the home on College Terrace, for unrelated traffic warrants.

    Parks and other detectives are searching for connections but said Sauerbry is not a suspect at this time.

    "He was known to be in this area (U.S. 24 and Parker)," Parks said. "He has frequented this area in the past."

    Parks said Sauerbry used to work at a used car lot just east of the China 1 Buffet.

    Parks said police are looking into every lead.

    Shipp family concerned

    Summer Shipp's family is hopeful she will come home soon.

    Brandy Shipp, 33, knew something was wrong when she saw her mother's dog hadn't been fed.

    "She's a huge dog lover," Brandy ex plained.

    Brandy went last Friday to her mother's Kansas City home after receiving a call that Summer had not been to work in two days. Summer works for several market-research companies.

    Looking through her mom's calendar, Brandy said Summer only went door to door maybe six days a month.

    The company Shipp was working for faxed Brandy a map of the area in Independence where Summer's car had been found Saturday.

    "Police officers were writing a ticket for her car," Brandy said.

    Although Brandy hasn't seen her mother in a week and two days, she's confident her mother will return safely.

    "She's going to find a way to make it through this until we find her," Brandy said. "She knows we all want her back."

    A movie lover, Summer owned the Bijou Theater in Kansas City for nearly 20 years. She also collects antiques and has a booth at the Parkville Antique Mall.

    "Old-time everything," Bran dy said, adding her mother is a friendly person. "She's just a smiley, bubbly socialite."

    Brandy's uncle from Chicago and aunts from Florida flew in earlier this week to help in the search.

    They have established a Web site, http://www.friendsofsummer.com, containing a map of the Independence neighborhood where Summer's car was found, and pictures and a description of Summer.

    "Someone's holding her against her will," Brandy said. "We gotta take action. We're not gonna let it fall to the back burner. I know my mom would not want me to sit around crying. I'm just glad there are so many people behind me right now."

    Although there are four registered sex offenders living in the neighborhood where Summer's car was found, police have ruled out all four as suspects. Parks said police have finished questioning the men in the 700 block of North Forest, the 800 block of North Fuller, the 1200 block of Waldo and the 700 block of North Fuller.

    Sauerbry, the man in police custody, is not on the registry. Police searched Sauerbry's home again Thursday with a warrant to search his bedroom.

    Sauerbry's mother, Sherry Sauerbry, voluntarily let police search the rest of the house earlier in the week.

    To reach Stephanie Howard, send e-mail to stephanie.howard @examiner.net or call her at (816) 229-9161, Ext. 25.


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    Website for Summer:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Arielle
    My guess is she knocked on the wrong door while doing her door to door sales and somebody killed her. This is an extremely dangerous occupation these days.
    I agree and am afraid you're right. She looks like a very kind woman. Prayers for her and her family.

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    As you all know, our dear Summer Shipp has been missing for four weeks. It is imperative that we find her and bring her home. Her family and friends have done an excellent job of getting the word out and keeping her face before the public. All this comes at a cost, however, and it is vital that we raise additional funds to maintain the effort.

    Summer is a great movie fan, so there could be no better setting for this event than the theater at Screenland. Butch and Marti Rigby have very generously committed to donating all proceeds from the evening to the effort to bring Summer home. There will be a special screening of the Academy Award nominated “The Triplets of Bellville.”

    Please join us for an evening of film and fellowship on
    Thursday, January 13, at 7:00 PM

    (Corner of 17th and Washington)
    KANSAS CITY, MO 64108

    For additional information, please contact

    Donations for this very special event are just $10.00 per person.

    Additional donations will be accepted with the deepest appreciation. Please make checks payable to “Friends of Summer Shipp.”

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    Hello Friends of Summer,

    Because of ongoing difficulty accessing the friends of summer email
    address at netscape.net, we have set up this new email address. From
    now on, please send all emails to friendsofsummer@gmail.com Keep in
    mind, that the "zero" we had to use in the old address
    (friends0fsummer@netscape.net) is no longer an issue. Just type
    friendsofsummer@gmail.com and it will work just fine.

    If you have sent an email in the last week or so to the old address,
    please resend it here. We have not been able to access the old email
    address for quite some time now.

    Also, you may be interested in knowing that the website has been
    revamped and now includes links to articles, latest news, a guestbook,
    a search engine and photos from the Vigil held on 18 December 2004.


    Brandy Shipp
    Please visit the website at:

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    Dear Friends of Summer:

    There is a wooded area called Bundschu Park in Independence located at
    College Avenue and Claremont Avenue near where Summer's car was found.

    This Friday, January 21, we are getting together a group of people to
    search the area for any clues that may relate to Summer's

    Can you help? If so please contact me so I can add your name(s) to
    our list. The weather should be in the 40's--50's.

    We will meet Friday at noon in front of the park in the parking lot.
    For more details, Please CONTACT:

    Best regards,

    Brandy Shipp

    Please visit the website at:

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    Feb 2004
    I hope they find her soon. Any news?

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    Jul 2004

    Summer Shipp's family wants more information after receiving anonymous letters

    Relatives of a missing Kansas City woman said they had received anonymous letters about the disappearance and want more specific information.

    Shipp's daughter, Brandy Shipp, said the letters indicated that Summer Shipp was seen in a confrontation with someone on an Independence street. The letters also gave a sketchy outline of a house and a vehicle, Brandy Shipp said.

    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?

    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

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