KANSAS CITY, MO - Police in Missouri believe that the murders of two area prostitutes are linked to the same suspect and that it’s likely there are living victims out there.
During a Friday news conference, a detective with the Kansas City Police Department said that the deaths of of 40-year-old Tamara Sparks and 24-year-old Nicoleone Reed are related.
Sparks’ body was discovered by two cyclists in Oct 2011 near Northeast 120th Street and North Eastern Road in Kansas City. Reed was last seen about Aug. 18 2012 near her home in the area of Independence Avenue and Denver Avenue in Kansas City. Her body was found Aug. 21 in a remote area of southeastern Kearney.
Connecting these two crime scenes is 92 Highway, a fact that police feel is a key to the investigation, as is investigators’ belief that the women’s bodies were meant to be found. They are asking that that the women’s line of work not be the focus point of the investigation.
“These two women were mothers, they’re daughters. They’re family members to someone,” Sgt. Doug Neimeier said. “And they are victims. It doesn’t matter what kind of lifestyle someone leads. High-risk lifestyle or otherwise. They are victims. It doesn’t give anyone the right to take a life.”
Although police have not determined how either women died, they are investigating both deaths as homicides. During the news conference, police gave a vague description to a potential suspect vehicle described as a white American-made pickup truck manufactured between the late 1970s and early 1990s with a bluish-green passenger-side door.
This truck was described to police by a third woman who survived an attack in late 2011. The woman also worked as a prostitute and woke up next to a gravel road southeast of Cameron, Mo. Police believe the man driving this truck is the one who dumped her there.
They also brought a size 11 Croc canvas shoe to the conference that was found near where Sparks’ body was found. “Somebody wore this for a significant amount of time,” Niemeier said. “Somebody will realize a shoe went missing.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474.TIPS or text 274 637 and include “TIPS 452? in the message. All calls and texts remain anonymous.Tags: Crime, Missouri, Murder, Nicoleone Reed, prostitute, Serial Killer, Tamara Sparks