Left and Center: Jody circa, 1985
Right: Age Progressed to age 44
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: May 23, 1985
Missing From: Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: September 20, 1970
Age: 14 years old
Height and Weight: 5’1″ and 90 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian Female, Sandy hair, Blue eyes, Jody has a appendectomy scar on her abdomen, she has a large birthmark under her arm, and she has a mole under her chin, Jodys teeth were in great condition at the time of her disappearance
NCMEC Number: 601798
Details of Disappearance
Jody Ledkins was last seen in Kansas City, Missouri on May 23rd 1985. She had gotten into an argument with her boyfriend and other boys that day in his home in the 700 block of Cambridge Street. She wanted to go with them to their destination that they had planned to go to that day but they refused to let her and she left his home. She then walked to a friends home and called her mother asking for a ride home.
Jody’s mother did not have her car with her but Jody said she would find another ride or way home. Jody was last seen walking northbound on Winchester from 14th Street. She never made it home and was never seen or heard from again.
Jody was in a juvenile probation at the time of her disappearance. Accounts differ as to why she was in it. Some agencies state that she and a friend ran away with a security guard in 1984 or that they pushed a security guard in that year. Her juvenile case worker was informed of Judys disappearance by her mother.
Her mother assumed that her daughter was reported missing as well but this was not the case. Jody was not recognized as a missing person for two years. Her case worker instead filed two warrants for Jody’s arrest if she was spotted. She was initially believed to have runaway but she didn’t take any extra clothing or money with her. She is no longer assumed to have left.
Investigators have since reclassified Jody’s disappearance as a probable homicide and suspect foul play was involved in her death. In 1997, two prison inmates claimed to have information regarding Jody’s murder. The Missouri River was dragged as a result of the tip but nothing was found.
At the time of her disappearance, Jody lived with her mother in the 6800 of Toppling Street. Her mother now lives in Arkansas but returns to Kansas City go search for her daughter. Jody’s case remains unsolved
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Kansas City Police Department 816-234-5140