The Salina Post

Suspect in death of 2 Kansas City-area women charged with murder

Yust- photo Jackson Co.

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A man connected to two Kansas City-area women who disappeared about 10 years apart has been charged with murder in their deaths.

Kylr Yust was charged Thursday with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of abandoning a corpse in the deaths of 17-year-old Kara Kopetsky of Belton and 21-year-old Jessica Runions of Raymore. He is being held on $1 million bond.

Yust had long been a suspect in the two deaths. Runions was seen leaving a gathering with Yust before she disappeared in September 2016.

Runions -courtesy photo

Kopetsky had filed a protection order against Yust in April 2007, a month before she went missing after walking out of Belton High School.

The remains of Kopetsky and Runions were found in April in a rural area near Belton.