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Kara Kopetsky remembered in walk to mark 7 years missing

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Kara Kopetsky, then 17, was last seen leaving Belton High School the morning of May 4, 2007. She would have just finished her junior year in high school. Kara Kopetsky, then 17, was last seen leaving Belton High School the morning of May 4, 2007. She would have just finished her junior year in high school.
An age-progression photo of Kara Kopetsky was released in 2013. An age-progression photo of Kara Kopetsky was released in 2013.
Signs all over Belton to remind the community of Kopetsky's unsolved disappearance, and the family hopes people will come with new information to help find her. Signs all over Belton to remind the community of Kopetsky's unsolved disappearance, and the family hopes people will come with new information to help find her.
BELTON, MO (KCTV) -

A Belton couple is still holding out hope that their missing daughter will be found years after her disappearance.

Kara Kopetsky, then 17, was last seen leaving Belton High School the morning of May 4, 2007. She would have just finished her junior year in high school.

Her disappearance is one of the most high-profile missing persons cases in the Kansas City area.

Kopetsky has not been seen for the last seven years, but to her parents, James and Rhonda Beckford, it might as well be seven days.

Signs all over Belton to remind the community of Kopetsky's unsolved disappearance, and the family hopes people will come with new information to help find her.

"Although time has passed, the events haven't changed. They're burnt in our mind," Kopetsky's stepfather, James Beckford, said.

For Rhonda Beckford, not a day goes by that she doesn't wonder what happened to her daughter.

"We're resolute, and we're going to find out," she said.

The couple organized an annual walk to keep their daughter's story fresh in the community's mind, even though the event brings back painful memories.

"You have to keep your missing loved one in the public eye. You've got to do that to keep the tips and leads coming in to help the police," Rhonda Beckford said.

The walk is an annual message to the community to keep searching for Kopetsky and other missing children, with the hope that someday their mystery will be solved.

"We are the voice of the missing," James Beckford said.

Other walkers feel the same way.

Donna Ross' son, Jesse, went missing just a few months before Kopetsky. She and other parents of missing children believe it is important to support other families dealing with the same tragedy.

"Someone knows what has happened to our missing loved ones. So it is our job," Ross said.

The last person known to speak to Kopetsky was her boyfriend, Kylr Yust, then 18 years old.

"We know that someone out there knows about Kara. They know where she is, and that person needs to step forward and tell what they know," Rhonda Beckford said.

Kopetsky's family encourages everyone to bring questions forward about her disappearance. A $90,000 reward is available leading to information on her whereabouts.

Anyone with information about her can call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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