North American Missing Persons Network
Crystal Kipper

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Above Images: Kipper, circa 1997

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 24, 1997 from Kansas City, Platte County, Missouri
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: April 17, 1978
  • Age: 18
  • Height: 5'5"
  • Weight: 125 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Straight hair. Small scar on
    right cheek.
  • Clothing: Dark olive green shirt with short sleeves and high
    neck, blue jeans and denim car coat.
  • Jewelry: Diamond cluster ring and gold band.
  • NCIC Number: M-002954609
  • Case Number: 97-3197

  • Details of Disappearance
    Kipper was heading home from St. Joseph, Missouri, about 2:20 a.m. on February 24, 1997. Crystal was last seen at approx. 2:20am on the southbound shoulder of I-29 at State Route 371 when her vehicle ran out of fuel. Her 1989 Maroon Ford Probe LX was found on the side of the road, locked and out of gas with the flashers on. She has not been seen since.

    On April 24, 1999, her suspected killer, convicted sex offender John E. Williams, hung himself in his jail cell. He left no suicide note. Williams had told authorities he accidentally hit Kipper with his car as she stood on the shoulder and buried her. Police believe he killed her and disposed of her body. Police discovered Crystal Kipper's ID cards, a paycheck stub, jewelry, her car keys, a mock turtleneck and a pair of "Lucky U" brand jeans in Williams' apartment during an investigation involving an abduction and sexual assault of another woman. They also found a missing-person flier of Kipper, in addition to computer files. Crystal's body has never been located, though areas in Platte City and near where her car was found were searched extensively.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Platte County Sheriff's Department
    Capt. Paul Carrill
    (816) 858-3521

    Source Information
    Child Protection Education of America, Inc.
    The Kansas City Star