Man charged in deaths of 2 Kansas City-area women

Kylr Yust

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri man connected to two Kansas City-area females who disappeared about 10 years apart has been charged with murder in their deaths.

Kylr Yust was charged Thursday with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of abandoning a corpse in the deaths of 17-year-old Kara Kopetsky of Belton and 21-year-old Jessica Runions of Raymore.

He is being held on $1 million bond. Yust had long been a suspect in the two deaths.

Runions was seen leaving a gathering with Yust before she disappeared in September 2016. Kopetsky had filed a protection order against Yust in April 2007, a month before she went missing after walking out of Belton High School.

The remains of Kopetsky and Runions were found in April in a rural area near Belton.

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