Desirea Ferris

Desirea Ferris

LIBERTY — Desirea Ferris has been missing since May 2, 2017. After two years with no definitive knowledge about what happened to their then-18-year-old relative, the family is hoping a new private tip line will encourage someone to come forward with information.

Ferris was last seen in the early morning hours of May 2, 2017, at an unknown gas station in Kansas City. She was last wearing a pink fuzzy jacket, cream-colored crop top and carrying a tan purse. Ferris was described as being 5 feet 1 inch tall, 101 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Ferris’ family reported her missing May 4, 2017, saying calls to the missing teen’s mobile went straight to voicemail and that leaving without returning or contacting her mother is unusual behavior for her.

To aid in the search, the family has now created a private tip line, which can be reached by calling 945-2722. All tips are forwarded to law enforcement, said Jennifer Ferris, Desirea’s stepmother.

“All the tips get forwarded,” she said. “All our phones ring, but only one of us can pick up, take the tips and send them to law enforcement. If people know something and they fear sharing information with police or the FBI, we can take it and then share it on.”

Jennifer said the 1,000th day of her stepdaughter’s disappearance is approaching at the end of the month, and the young woman’s 21st birthday is Feb. 11.

In a release to TV news outlets, Liberty Police said the investigation has been hard for various reasons, including that Desirea was reported missing in Liberty but was last seen in Kansas City, where much of the investigation has taken law enforcement outside Liberty’s jurisdiction.

In a statement to Kansas City’s Fox 4, Liberty police reported there are subjects currently incarcerated for federal offenses who may have information about the missing woman’s whereabouts, but they invoked their Miranda rights, which includes the right to remain silent, during interviews with investigators.

Capt. Andy Hedrick, the Liberty Police Department’s public information officer, said the department detectives continue to receive tips and work through them all.

“We really are looking for new first-hand information,” he said. “Processing tips takes time and we are continuing on this case as it remains an active and open case. As a department, we are mindful that people want to help as is the case of this additional tip line.”

In addition to the private tips line, tips can also be made to the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers TIPS hotline at 474-8477.

Southeast Editor Kellie Houx can be reached at kellie.houx@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6630.

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