Tuesday, April 9 2013 12:10 AM EDT2013-04-09 04:10:46 GMT
The family of a woman found murdered is speaking about the man police believe is responsible for at least two homicides. Police arrested their suspect, Derek Richardson, Saturday morning. They stoppedMore >
The family of a woman found murdered is speaking about the man police believe is responsible for at least two homicides. Friends of Derek Richardson say they are shocked by the allegations.More >
Saturday, February 9 2013 1:20 PM EST2013-02-09 18:20:29 GMT
A Kansas City woman's family and officers from five departments are searching for clues that could help them find out how the 23-year-old died. Kearney police said they found the body of Nicoleon ReedMore >
A Kansas City woman's family and officers from five departments are searching for clues that could help them find out how the 23-year-old died.More >
Saturday, February 9 2013 1:54 PM EST2013-02-09 18:54:14 GMT
Two area residents were out riding their bikes and noticed what they thought was a deer lying in a wooded area just past the ditch. They discovered it was a body and called police.More >
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
A Northland man was arrested Saturday in the killings of two prostitutes whose bodies were found posed on the sides of rural Missouri roads nearly a year apart.
Derek Richardson, 27, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of abandonment of a corpse, authorities said at a news conference Saturday night.
"We absolutely stopped a person who was going to kill again," said Kansas City police Sgt. Doug Niemeier.
Richardson, a husband and father, was "infatuated with serial killers," court records state.
Police began trailing Richardson and arrested him late Saturday morning. Niemeier said Richardson confessed to the "intimate details of the crime" and that he didn't know the victims beforehand.
During six hours of questioning, Richardson told police he killed 40-year-old Tamara Sparks, and 24-year-old Nicholeone Reed, dumping their bodies and covering them with bleach to try to hide the evidence, authorities said.
Sparks was found dead Oct. 4, 2011, on the far northeast side of Kansas City, and Reed was found Aug. 21 in rural Kearney. Both bodies were in spots where they could easily be seen, with their pants pulled down and shirts pulled up. Police haven't released how either woman died.
Both women were last seen on St. John Avenue near Independence Avenue in northeast Kansas City, where they worked as prostitutes, police said.
But one clue left behind turned into a major key to crack the case.
Police announced earlier this month that the deaths of Sparks and Reed were linked and asked the public for help.
Detectives said they believed whoever was responsible for the deaths also was the person who lost a size 11, canvas, Crocs-brand shoe at the site where Sparks' body was found.
Niemeier said a tipster contacted police Thursday night because of the description of the shoe.
"Basically the tip was to say he was the one and the shoe was what really matched it," Niemeier said. "That shoe made a huge difference and it did seem to be a small item."
That witness also told police that Richardson bragged to him about killing a prostitute.
Court documents show Richardson said he choked the woman during a sex act, and that he did it at his home in Kansas City.
"It's just crazy to know it was happening on the other side of the wall, and we didn't have any idea about it," neighbor Matt Elwonger said.
Elwonger and his family said they never saw anything suspicious about Richardson, and they were friendly with him, his wife, and young child.
"They would sit outside and barbecue and just talk and have fun, like nothing ever seemed weird," Elwonger said.
The truth could have stayed hidden, and police, who worked non-stop this week are relieved.
"It feels good because you solved a crime, it feels good when you can tell a victim's family that their case has been resolved," Niemeier said.
Earlier this month, police said a third woman, who lived on the same street where Sparks and Reed were last seen, was found dumped in late 2011 along the side of a road in Caldwell County, southeast of Cameron. She survived. But authorities didn't say Saturday if her case was connected.
"We have a tremendous amount of follow-up to do now that we have answered some of our own questions," Niemeier said, adding that it "feels good when you can tell a victim's family that their case has been resolved."
Niemeier, added that authorities will search across the United States to ensure there weren't other victims.
"We do know that he had travels elsewhere," Niemeier said, "so we will be contacting those states just to make sure."
Richardson ‘s bail is set at $2 million. It wasn't immediately known whether he has an attorney.
Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:23 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:23:41 GMT
The National Weather Service says there is a slight risk for severe weather on Sunday, and isolated tornadoes and supercell storms are possible.The threat for severe weather will continue into Monday.StormsMore >
The National Weather Service said there is a moderate risk for severe weather on Sunday, and isolated tornadoes and supercell storms are possible.More >
Saturday, May 18 2013 2:27 PM EDT2013-05-18 18:27:31 GMT
Students are calling the death of a Harrisonville teen a rude awakening. Troopers said 16-year-old Savannah Nash pulled in front of a semi Thursday at Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. Savannah wasMore >
The deadly accident near Harrisonville is an opportunity for parents to talk to their teens about texting and driving, but now several smartphone companies have created apps that could put a stop to some of the dangerous behavior.More >
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:57 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:57:19 GMT
It can be a little disconcerting spotting a wild animal in your backyard, but it's happening more and more lately. People in Mission, KS, said they're seeing coyotes near their homes – something that'sMore >
People in Mission, KS, said they're seeing coyotes near their homes - something that's becoming so common the city is offering advice on how to avoid them.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-17 20:52:00 GMT
An 11-year-old girl is recovering after a distracted driver hit her and then fled.She is recovering at Children's Mercy Hospital with a broken arm, ruptured ear drum and fractured pelvis. Her family isMore >
An 11-year-old girl is recovering after a distracted driver hit her and then fled.More >
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:04 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:04:56 GMT
One child was sent to the hospital when a go-cart they were riding in collided with an SUV Saturday afternoon. Police said the wreck happened about 2:30 p.m. in the area of 55th Street and Cambridge Avenue.More >
Two children were sent to the hospital when a go-cart they were riding in collided with an SUV on Saturday afternoon.More >
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:38 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:38:11 GMT
It's the largest Powerball jackpot in history and Saturday night everyone's talking about the record $600 million prize. Locally, a Dearborn couple made Powerball history in November by winning half ofMore >
It's the largest Powerball jackpot in history, and Saturday night everyone's talking about the record $600 million prize.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 6:47 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:47:09 GMT
Imagine suffering a medical emergency in a foreign country, half a world away. It happened to a man from Overland Park, KS, in Japan. Now, his family is trying to come up with a way to get him home whereMore >
An Overland Park family is trying to raise enough money to get their son back to the U.S. from Japan after he suffered a massive stroke in the other country.More >
Saturday, May 18 2013 2:55 PM EDT2013-05-18 18:55:42 GMT
It's a game of skill and chance and the best part is it was designed by two Kansas City natives. Now they're hoping their early success pays off. It may look like just a game, but to Ryan Drews and MaxMore >
A local group of friends have created a new board game they hope to have on store shelves soon. The game's goal is to grow a city and defeat your enemies.More >