Missing since February 24, 1997 from Kansas City, Platte County, Missouri
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Crystal Kipper was last seen heading home from St. Joseph, Missouri about 02:20 a.m. on to Kansas City, Missouri on February 24, 1997. Her 1989 Maroon Ford Probe LX was found on the side of the road locked, out of gas with flashers on. She has not been seen since.
On April 24, 1999, her suspected killer, John E. Williams, hung himself in his jail cell. He left no suicide note. Williams had told authorities he accidentally hit Kipper with his car as she stood on the shoulder and buried her. Police believe he killed her and disposed of her body. Police discovered Crystal Kipper's ID cards, a paycheck stub, jewelry, her car keys, a mock turtleneck and a pair of "Lucky U" brand jeans in Williams' apartment. They also found a missing-person flier of Kipper, in addition to computer files.
Crystal's body has never been located, though areas in Platte City and near where her car was found were searched extensively.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Platte County Sheriff's Department
Captain Bill Taylor
Agency Case Number: 97-3197
NCIC Number: M-002954609
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
North American Missing Persons Network
Child Protection Education of America, Inc.