Summer Shipp timeline
Dec. 6, 2004: Summer Shipp’s family speaks with the 54-year-old woman for the last time.
Dec. 11, 2004: Independence police find Shipp’s car, a bronze four-door BMW, in the area where she had been working. They arrest a man on unrelated charges; he’s released the next month.
Dec. 22, 2004: In a news conference, relatives and friends say they are expanding their publicity campaign to billboards and to placards on the backs of buses.
January, 2005: A frequent-shopper card belonging to Shipp is returned to Ball’s Food Stores, but provides little information.
Feb. 26, 2005: A Sutherlands store discount card bearing Shipp’s name is found in a woody, grassy area north of U.S. 24 and east of William Chrisman High School in Independence. The find yields little information.
Jan. 5, 2006: Probation is revoked for an Independence man who was questioned following the disappearance of Shipp. He was arrested for two violations, including walking away from a halfway house where he was taking part in a drug-treatment program. Authorities say his arrest had nothing to do with the Shipp case.
June 14, 2007: A national tour aimed at raising awareness of missing persons arrives in Kansas City. The “On the Road to Remember” tour from the North Carolina-based CUE Center for Missing Persons is part of a rally for Shipp’s family.
Oct. 7, 2007: Two fishermen find a skull in the Little Blue River. The next day, more remains are found in the river.