Police were called by Haarup’s fiancé, Matt Meyers, after he came home Friday to find the sisters were not there and his 6- and 18-month old daughters had been left alone and in the same crib.
Reports are that there was also blood on the couch, a truck was missing as well as some guns that had been in the home. They would be found Saturday on an abandoned road. There were no signs of foul play, and nothing was found during an initial search of the surrounding fields.
Fearing an abduction but hoping that the two women were still alive, family members gathered that night and held a candle-light vigil to pray for their safe return.
“Whoever has them, give them a phone, have them call us, put an end to this,” the girl’s father, Paul Haarup pleaded.
On Sunday, the Platte County Sheriff’s Department said they were speaking with a person of interest in the case and have executed two search warrants. Later that same day, police found the bodies of the two women in a field near Trimble, MO. They say they were led there after talking with the unidentified suspect.
Family members said Key had been running with a bad crowd and was at her sister’s home in an attempt to turn her life around and provide a better life for both her and her 4-year-old daughter.
“That’s why she came to Britny and Matt’s house; to get help, to get out of that lifestyle. She was very serious about getting help,” Cassandra Meyers, sister-in-law of Matt Meyers, told reporters.
This also explains the last post Key made on her Facebook Profile, dated June 29.
“When I walked out this morning, I cried as I walked to the door… cried about how long I’d be away for, cried about leaving you all alone… I wanna hold you, protect you from all the things that Ive already endured. And I wanna show you, show you all the things that this life has in store for you… And Ill always love you- the way that a *mother should love *her daughter… Sweet Vaeh Rae.”
Tragic story all around, especially if the suspect turns out to be a part of the “bad crowd” Key had allegedly been involved with and had tried to leave behind.
Well, turns out it didn’t. Not long after I posted this it was reported that police had arrested 31-year-old Clifford B. Miller. High on meth, he decided he was going to break into Haarup’s home and have sex with her because he was attracted to her. He did not know Key was staying with her sister and was surprised to find her sleeping on the couch.
After beating her and smothering her with a pillow, Miller felt he had no choice but to kill Haarup. So he hit her in the head while she was sleeping and then smothered her. He then used the truck to dump the sisters in the field they were found in. He got caught after someone notified police that he was trying to sell guns that were stolen from the home.
Miller was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and is being held on a $500,000 cash-only bond.Tags: Ashley Key, Britny Haarup, Clifford B. Miller, Crime, Missing, Missouri, Murder