Sheriff's Department Confirms Remains Are Summer Shipp


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Last Edited: Tuesday, 09 Oct 2007, 10:39 PM CDT

Created: Tuesday, 09 Oct 2007, 5:14 PM CDT

Summer Shipp

More Bones, Clothing Found where Skull found in River




JACKSON COUNTY  --  Dental records confirmed that remains found near in the Little Blue River are those of Summer Shipp.

Kansas City woman has been missing for almost three years now. She was last seen in Independence doing door-to-door research.  Shipp's family released a statement on Tuesday night:

"There are no words to express the feelings and emotions the Shipp family is experiencing after the recent news of the positively identified remains of our wonderful Summer," the statement on the website, Friends of Summer, said. "The family needs some time to absorb this. We dearly appreciate all the emails and phone calls received, and please keep them coming! They are so very comforting. Your emails to the family can be sent to and for any other inquiries, please contact the Independence Police Department at 816-325-7330."

Earlier Tuesday, multiple sources told FOX 4 that the remains and clothing found along the river have been identified as Summer Shipp's.

The badly decomposed skull was found by two fisherman near Little Blue Trace Park Sunday afternoon, and there were new developments Monday after the
Lee's Summit underwater team recovered more human bones and articles of clothing.

The fishermen said they saw an object floating in the Little Blue River, retrieved it and saw it was a skull. They immediately called 911 from their location near M-78 and 7 Highways.

The Sheriff's Department said its investigation is not over.  The heavy rains could have taken evidence further downstream, so they'll continue searching Wednesday.

Independence Police said this case has always been a tough one for investigators.

"It does strike us right in the heart, but it is some form of resolution," Tom Gentry with Independence Police said. "So it's up to us now, in fact there's probably more work ahead of us than behind us."

Tess Koppelman, FOX 4 News