Ronda Jean Kuschell
Kuschell, approximately 1985
Date reported missing : 01/25/1985
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Age at the time of disappearance: 31 years old
Height / Weight : 5'11, 150 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A tan quilted waist-length jacket with a brown stand-up collar, a navy blue and white sweater vest, a long-sleeved blouse, blue jeans and brown loafers.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Kuschell was last seen in Elwood, Kansas on January 25, 1985. Her mother left the house at 7:00 p.m. to go to St. Joseph, Missouri, and invited Kuschell to come alone, but she declined.
When her mother returned to the house at 9:30 p.m., Kuschell was gone. She has never been heard from again. While her father was driving to work at 10:30 p.m., he saw her car just off U.S. Highway 36 near the overpass, where the road leads to the Missouri River levee. The keys were inside the vehicle, as was her purse and other belongings.
The Missouri River was iced over at the site where Kuschell's car was found. Authorities noted some holes in the ice, but couldn't say whether these were related to Kuschell's disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.
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Elwood Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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