CASS COUNTY, MO. – Charges have been brought against a Kansas City woman who disappeared in 2018.
Kenneth B. Wilson Jr., 32, is charged with the murder of Vernece Brown, 18.
Brown was last seen on Valentine’s Day 2018. Her remains were found by mushroom hunters in rural Cass County in April 2018.
According to court records, Brown had an appointment with the defendant on February 14, 2018 at an Applebee restaurant near 40 Highway and Sterling Avenue in Kansas City.
During the appointment, Brown reached out to a friend on Facebook Messenger to say she wasn’t happy with the way things went and asked the friend for a lift.
When the girlfriend and another witness arrived at the restaurant, they saw the victim with an unknown man who appeared to be older than them. They then drove her back to her home. This was the last time Brown was seen before she disappeared.
A search on Brown’s phone revealed multiple calls and text messages made on the defendant’s phone between February 12, 2018 and the early hours of February 15, 2018.
Information on the cell tower on Wilson’s phone allegedly indicated it was near Brown’s phone before the phone was dead.
It also revealed that, according to prosecutors, a text message was received from the defendant’s phone while it was on or near the location where the victim’s body was found.
Witnesses were able to identify Wilson as the man who was seen with Brown at the Applebees.
Wilson is currently serving time at the Western Missouri Correctional Center manipulating automobile fees.
When questioned by detectives about the case of a missing person, he allegedly stated that he would not speak without his attorney and quickly left the room.
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