Archive for Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Independence girl back home after running away Saturday

November 14, 2007

A 17-year-old Independence, Mo. girl that was missing since Saturday afternoon was found safe yesterday.

Independence Police couldn't say where the Daffny Velder was when they made contact with her Tuesday night, but according to Leavenworth county sheriff Dave Zoellner she was in the Tonganoxie area.

Independence police said Velder got into a disagreement at home and left Saturday. They said in Missouri a 17-year-old is a legal adult.

Daffny's mother, Nancy Velder, thanked the community and the Independence Police Department for their work during a press conference Wednesday.

"There are not enough words to express our gratitude and appreciation for the outpouring of love and prayers and support that the people of Kansas City are have sent as we searched for out daughter," Nancy Velder said.

Nancy also thanked Greg and Melissa Smith for their support during "the darkest hours of our life."

The Smith's daughter, Kelsey, was abducted from an Overland Park Target and was later found murdered in Grandview, Mo.

Police Clerk Sandy Koontz said the Tonganoxie Police Department was not involved with the investigation or the Velder's discovery.

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