An Kansas teen was found dead Saturday morning after apparently leaving home to help an adult friend to do some odd jobs and chores, the victim’s mother said.
Kansas City Star reports that the body of 17-year-old Jasmine Mills was found in the back of a semi truck, parked off of the 1100 block of South 12th Street in Kansas City, in an industrial area filled with several junkyards. The semi truck was lined up with a row of other trucks behind a tall fence.
Jasmine’s mother, Deanna Peters, said the teen often did odd jobs to make money. According to Peters, Jasmine left home Thursday morning to wake up an adult male friend and help him clean up and throw away trash. Peters added that this was not unusual since the pair had been friends for a long time.
“She pretty much looked at him like a dad or grandpa kind of figure,” Peters said to the outlet. “I trusted her judgment because she’s known him forever.”
When Peters woke up the next morning, Jasmine was not at home. When the teen failed to return her calls, Peters contacted authorities. Peters said Jasmine’s adult friend claimed that she never showed up, the outlet reports.
Officers working a death in the 1100 block of S 14th. Unknown circumstances at this time. Believed to be dead for a couple of days before reported to police. Detectives responding.
— Terry Zeigler (@KCKPDChief) June 29, 2019
According to CBS 5, however, the victim’s 16-year-old sister, who also went along to help clean the friend’s truck, said they did indeed go clean the adult’s semi truck, but when the man called Jasmine and told her she forgot to take trash out, Jasmine returned back to the truck alone. She was never seen again.
“We’ve known him for a couple years, but I’ve never been comfortable around him and as many times as I’ve told her not to go out there alone, the one time she did, she came up missing,” Jasmine’s sister Aliesia Boll told the outlet.
Boll said she arrived back home with her sister at around 2 a.m. after they finished cleaning the semi truck. It’s unclear, however, what time Jasmine left out again.
“Last time I heard from her was 2 o’clock in the morning, because we had just came back from the person‘s truck that we were going to plan. He apparently called her and said that she forgot to do something and I don’t know that she was leaving. My last words to her were, ‘I’ll see you in the morning,'” Boll told KSHB 41.
Investigators have not yet named anyone as a suspect in Jasmine’s death but did indicate that they are treating the death as “suspicious.” The girl’s official cause of death has not yet been released.
Family described Jasmine as a “happy-go-lucky” child who loved to read to her younger siblings and make them laugh.
Rest In Paradise to the best big sister I could have ever asked for.. You were amazing and i dont know what I'm going to…
The family set up a fundraiser to help cover funeral expenses.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Olathe police at 913-971-6950 or the Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).
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[Feature Photo: Jasmine Mills/Handout]