Man once tied to Shipp case
resurfaces in court
The Kansas City Star
An Independence man who once was questioned following the
disappearance of Summer Shipp is in federal custody for violating his
Jeffrey S. Sauerbry, 33, was arrested Dec. 15 for two violations,
including walking away from a halfway house where he was taking part in
a drug-treatment program.
At a hearing Thursday, U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan revoked
Sauerbry’s probation and sentenced him to a year in prison.
Authorities said that Sauerbry’s arrest had nothing to do with the
He has not been charged in connection with that case.
Sauerbry’s attorney, like other federally appointed public defenders,
is not allowed to comment on his clients or their cases.
Sauerbry had been on supervised release for a 2003 weapons
He previously had been convicted in Jackson County for felony counts
of possessing a controlled substance and stealing. In 2003, while in New
Mexico, he was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison for illegally
Later, he was released on probation. After he moved in with his
mother, authorities added the requirement to his probation that he
complete a drug-treatment program at a halfway house.
Shipp disappeared a year ago while conducting a door-to-door survey.
She was seen walking toward a house where Sauerbry and his mother
lived on West College Terrace in Independence.
“He lived right across the street from where she parked her car, and
he refused to talk to us,” Independence Police Sgt. Dennis Green said.
Police later received permission to search the mother’s property, but
On Thursday, Sauerbry apologized for leaving the treatment program.
“I’m truly sorry for coming in front of you today,” he said. “I
didn’t understand the severity of walking away from the halfway house.”