Murder victim was the sister of the girl kidnapped, killed in 1999

KANSAS CITY, Kansas. – A Kansas City, Kansas murder victim has been identified as the sister of a girl whose abduction of 17 years earlier, led to a massive manhunt before she was found dead in Missouri.

Police said Thursday that Casey Eaton, 34, was shot and killed late Wednesday night. Her body was found in a vehicle, The Kansas City Star ( ) reports.

Her sister was Pamela Butler, who was 10 in October 1999 when she was kidnapped while roller-skating in the vicinity of her Kansas City, Kansas, home. The kidnapping led to a two-day manhunt that an early high-speed chase through the city, when a passer-by saw Keith Nelson grab Pamela. Nelson managed to escape to the witness, that you have his plate number and called the police.

Nelson, who was sentenced to death in federal court, drove the girl to the east in Missouri, and then dragged her in a thickly forested area of Grain Valley, where he beat her and strangled her with speaker wire. In exchange for pleading guilty, prosecutors agreed to drop a count who claims that he sexually assaulted the girl.

Cherri West, Pamela and Eaton’s mother, expressed disbelief in a social media message that they are burying a daughter.

“I am just totally lost,” West wrote Thursday on Facebook. “I can’t believe that it’s true. It really is a nightmare … I have never in my life would think that I would have to live a parent’s worst nightmare having to be told that I lost a daughter to murder.”

Detectives investigating Eaton’s killing urge anyone with information to call a tips hotline.


Information from: The Kansas City Star,

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