Police return Kelsey Smith's purse to family before it's destroy - KCTV5

Police return Kelsey Smith's purse to family before it's destroyed

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It's been more than six years since Kelsey Smith was abducted in Overland Park and murdered. If it wasn't for the quick-acting of some police officers, her family might have lost out on a very personal reminder of her.

"I'm glad that it didn't get destroyed," Missey Smith said. "It's a reminder of the good times with her."

Six and a half years after Missey Smith's 18-year-old daughter Kelsey was abducted and killed, her parents brought a small piece of her home. The purse was given to her just nine days before her murder.

"It was important because we had just given if to her for graduation and she was so excited," Missey Smith said.

She said more than a year ago she made an inquiry about the bag and was told she would be getting a letter. It's protocol, according to police, to send a letter to families letting them know when any property or evidence is set to be destroyed or auctioned off. Property is destroyed or auctioned off after 90 days once a case has made its way through the court system and all of the appeals process.

In Kelsey Smith's case the letter was mistakenly sent to Topeka, KS, and the Smith's never got it.

The purse was scheduled to be destroyed when someone in the city's legal department noticed it on a list and contacted police officers Andy Black and Michelle Koos who had befriended the Smith's while working on their daughter's case.

"He said, ‘you need to go the extra step and contact them' so they reached out and immediately I knew it was the purse and I'm very thankful," Missey Smith said. "It was touching. They are so thorough."

She said it might not seem like much, but the purse is a reminder of the good times with her daughter and she wants to thank the officers who helped her bring it back home.

"They have just been a constant source of support and knowing that people still care about her, that means a lot," Missey Smith said.

She said she made a point to send the Overland Park police chief a note letting him know how thoughtful the officers' actions were and how much they meant to her.

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