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Fear of police may have caused Kansas woman her life in 2017


Kendra Leigh Nystrom was last seen in the 12000 block of West 29th Street in Maize, Kansas at 10:30 a.m. on May 4, 2017. She went to her parents' home with a friend and accidentally set off the security alarm, which summoned the police.


When officers arrived, they arrested Nystrom's friend because she had methamphetamine on her. Nystrom watched this from the house, then left via the back door and has never been heard from again. She may have thought she had outstanding warrants; this wasn't true.


In spite of her drug addiction, she had never been gone for more than a few weeks without contacting her family.


Cowskin Creek, which runs near Nystrom's parents' home, was running high at the time of her disappearance due to recent rain. Initial searches turned up no evidence in her case, but in July 2018, two items with Nystrom's DNA were found tangled on some tree limbs at the high-water mark, where the water would have been the day she went missing.


There were possible sightings of Nystrom in Wichita and in Missouri after her disappearance, but none of them were confirmed.


Investigators stated they think she did not disappear voluntarily and is probably dead. Based on the new evidence found in Cowskin Creek, they believe she probably drowned.


Nystrom is a Caucasian female with brown hair and hazel eyes. She has pierced ears and a a tattoo of the initials "RJ" on her left ring finger.


She was wearing a white shirt and black sweatpants when she disappeared.


Her case remains unsolved.


If you have any information that might lead to solving this cold case, contact the Maize Police Department at 316-425-3356.


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