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missing Toni Anderson student

Body pulled from river identified as woman who vanished in Kansas City

by Ellen Killoran

Kansas City Police have confirmed what the family has been saying for days: The body found inside a car in the Missouri River last week is Toni Anderson.

KCPD confirmed the positive identification via Twitter on Wednesday.

Anderson, 20, went missing in the early morning hours of January 15, after finishing her shift as a server at a club in downtown Kansas City. She had reportedly been planning to meet friends at another location downtown when she was pulled over for an improper lane change. The officer who pulled her over later reportedly said he saw her drive into a convenience store to fill her gas tank.

Last Wednesday, amateur investigators specializing in sonar searching located Anderson’s car deep in the Missouri River, about five miles from downtown Kansas City. On Friday, the car was pulled from the water, and Toni’s parents told reporters they were led to believe the body in the car belonged to Toni and advised to make funeral arrangements.

Police reportedly do not suspect foul play in Toni’s death, believing that she accidentally drove into the river when she happened upon a boat ramp and was unable to get out of the car in time.

This week, Crime Online spoke to the search team who found Toni as they explained why they were able to locate the car in an area previously searched by police investigators.

 

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Ellen is a seasoned journalist and former media & entertainment reporter with a taste for true crime. Formerly a senior editor at IBTimes, her work has appeared in Forbes, Rolling Stone, Maxim, NYMag, Indiewire, and more. She co-produced the HBO documentary "Youth Knows No Pain" and appeared in a documentary series that aired alongside the Lifetime movie "Manson's Lost Girls."