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Case File 2142DFMO

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Rita L. Rinehart
Missing since April 18, 1980 from Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Classification: Involuntary


Vital Statistics


Circumstances of Disappearance
Ms. Rinehart drove a 1972 Chevrolet ton pickup truck, (VIN: CCE142J124632, Missouri 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, Interstate 70 and 7 Highway in Blue Springs, Missouri, on May 19, 1980. The truck appeared to have been towed to that location and had been there since at least May 1, 1980. 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.
At the time of her disappearance, Rinehart had a pending court case against her husband. At one point, her husband had held a gun to her head, and Rinehart was extremely afraid of him.
Rinehart was known to communicate with truckers via CB Radio, using the call name Wild Woman.


Investigators
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Kansas City Police Department
Detective David Ross
816-234-5136
Email

Agency Case Number: 00-N76215

NCIC Number: M-315099849
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
Kansas City Police Department


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