Janelle M. Johnson
Johnson, approximately 2017
Date reported missing : 04/03/2017
Missing location (approx) :
Kansas City, Missouri
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 05/10/1969 (52)
Age at the time of disappearance: 47 years old
Height / Weight : 5'4, 160 pounds
Medical conditions : Johnson suffers from liver disease requiring medication. She may not have her medicine with her.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Johnson has large scars on her face. She has a tattoo of a cherry on her right ankle and a tattoo of a heart on her left shoulder.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Johnson was last seen when a social worker dropped her off at a group home in the 5800 block of Forest in Kansas City, Missouri on April 3, 2017. She had contact with her family by phone that day. She has never been heard from again. She was homeless at the time of her disappearance.
On May 17, six weeks after Johnson was last seen, a person known only as "Bernadette" contacted a social worker to say she had some of Johnson's belongings. Foul play is not suspected in her case; authorities believe Johnson may be homeless. Her disappearance remains unsolved.
Independence, Missouri police are investigating Johnson's case.
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Independence Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Missouri State Highway Patrol
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