JESSICA KINSEY - 14 yo (1995) - Union (W of St Louis) MO

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JESSICA KINSEY - 14 yo (1995) - Union (W of St Louis) MO

Post by TomTerrific0420 on Sat Dec 25, 2010 6:18 pm

Mary Klein remembers exactly what her 14-year-old daughter, Jessica Kinsey, wore the last day she saw her.
Her straight hair was pulled back in a ponytail. She wore new
dark green Levi's jeans with a green sweatshirt over a white turtleneck.

It was Dec. 26, 1995. Jessica, a seventh-grader, left that
morning to spend the day at a friend's house. She was supposed to
call at 5 p.m to let her mother know whether she'd be home for dinner.


Jessica Kinsey of Union, Mo, has been missing
since Dec 26, 1995.
In 2008, Jimmy Hopkins, right, fatally shot himself.

She didn't call. By the time Klein realized her daughter was
gone, Jessica had left the state with a 23-year-old man named Jimmy Hopkins.
His travels would take him to Tennessee and California before he returned to Missouri, without Jessica.
Fifteen years later, her mother still prays every day that
Jessica will come home. A Union police detective still has a big
box of police reports relating to her disappearance, but he lacks
any leads that might tell him where she is.
"I don't want to believe my daughter's dead, but it's easier
than believing that she's being hurt and I can't help her," Klein said.

TRAIL GONE COLD

Police learned that Hopkins had paid another man, Mark Henderson, to drive them away on the day she disappeared.
Hopkins told Henderson that he and Jessica were going to Niagara
Falls to get married, police reports say. But Henderson said
Jessica only sat quietly in the back seat with her head down.
They stayed in a hotel in Cloverdale, Ind., that night —
Henderson in one room, Jessica and Hopkins in the room next door.
Henderson told detectives that he heard loud noises coming from
their room that sounded like a body hitting the wall, police reports say.
When he knocked on their door to ask what happened, Hopkins dismissed it as "rough sex," the report says.
When Henderson awoke the next morning, Hopkins and Jessica were
gone. So was his car. Later that day, Hopkins pawned his
grandmother's wedding ring 300 miles away in Paris, Tenn.
Less than two weeks later, the car was found abandoned in Compton, Calif.
Detectives learned that Hopkins worked at an ice cream shop not
far from there and interviewed people who said they had seen a girl
matching Jessica's description with him.
"We believe she made it to California," said Lt. Kyle Kitcher,
the Union detective assigned to the case for the last six years.
But they don't know what happened to her next.
In April of 1996, Hopkins returned to Missouri. He bounced
around in the following years, spending time in Union and Joplin.
Police reports say Hopkins gave police and his family members
varying accounts of where Jessica was, including one story that she
was living with a man named Capone somewhere in California. He said
they were living in a hotel that police learned didn't exist.
Jessica's mother said Hopkins taunted her, even shouting across
parking lots that Jessica was dead and she should get over it.
Kitcher kept track of Hopkins and approached him at least once a
year in the hope of getting him to talk. Hopkins always demanded a
lawyer and refused to say anything, Kitcher said.
"I tried to do everything I could to make sure he knew I hadn't
forgotten about the girl," he said.
Any hope that he might change his mind ended on April 12, 2008.
Police reports say Hopkins handcuffed his wife's hands behind her
back and shot her to death in their Joplin home.
Then he fatally shot himself.
Police initially treated Jessica's disappearance as a runaway
case. Her friends and family say Jessica did not run away and was
not romantically involved with Hopkins, nine years her senior.
"If she ran away, she would have called me. We were joined at
the hip," said Ailene Thompson, 30, of Joplin. She was Jessica's
best friend and said Jessica wouldn't have kept any relationship a secret from her.
Klein also is steadfast that the two were not dating, although
she has no doubt that Jessica would have agreed to get in a car
with Hopkins, whose mother was Klein's good friend.
"I don't think my daughter felt anybody was a bad person. Jessi was so naïve," Klein said.
Both are frustrated that Hopkins was never charged in connection
with Jessica's disappearance. Police reports indicate that
investigators had hoped to find Jessica to build a stronger case against Hopkins.
Robert Parks, Franklin County prosecuting attorney since 1999,
said he had never heard of Jessica's case. His predecessor, Gordon
Upchurch, was in office at the time of Jessica's disappearance and
is now a lawyer in Union. He said he did not remember the case.
Efforts to reach family members of Hopkins were not successful.
More than 800,000 kids are reported missing to law enforcement
each year, and 90 percent of them are runaways, said Robert Lowery,
executive director of the missing children's division of the
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
He said the center has been working with Union police since 1995
to help find Jessica. He commended the investigators' work. But to
those who love her, that's little consolation. Thompson has a
picture hanging in her house of her and Jessica making jewelry at a
Girl Scout meeting. "I wonder every day what she would be like,"
Thompson said. "We would still be friends. We would probably still talk every day."
Klein and her husband left Union in 1998 and moved to
Independence, Mo. She kept Jessica's bedroom untouched until they
moved, never painting over the hunter green walls that Jessica loved.
Klein held a memorial service for Jessica in 2006, on what would
have been her 25th birthday. Even then, Klein still couldn't
believe that her daughter might be dead.
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Post by mom_in_il on Fri May 16, 2014 4:08 pm

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http://www.joplinglobe.com/joplin_metro/x212129354/Joplin-murder-suicide-tied-to-cold-case-in-eastern-Missouri

Jimmy Hopkins may have taken more than his second wife with him to the grave.

In Union, Mo., about 50 miles west of St. Louis, Jimmy Hopkins’ death leaves a hole of another sort. A well-worn hole in the heart of the mother of a 14-year-old girl, Jessica A. Kinsey, who disappeared in 1995 and remains to this day a suspected victim of foul play at the hands of Hopkins.

Finally, the Union police chief talked to Hopkins informally in December of 2005 and came away convinced that he killed Jessica.

She (mother) said on the strength of that conviction, her family finally held a memorial service for Jessica in February of 2006.


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Post by mom_in_il on Fri May 16, 2014 4:20 pm

Joplin murder-suicide tied to cold case in eastern Missouri

April 19, 2008
By Jeff Lehr, jlehr@joplinglobe.com

Jimmy Hopkins may have taken more than his second wife with him to the grave.

Hopkins, 35, shot and killed his wife, Anna, 30, and then put a bullet in his own head the night of April 12 inside his home at 2125 S. Grand Ave. in Joplin.

The apparent murder-suicide remains under investigation, and Joplin police have yet to disclose what pressures may have caused Hopkins to seek such a drastic recourse, although some people who knew the family have suggested Anna was going to leave him.

The couple left behind two young children in common and he left three teenagers by his first wife.

In Union, Mo., about 50 miles west of St. Louis, Jimmy Hopkins’ death leaves a hole of another sort. A well-worn hole in the heart of the mother of a 14-year-old girl, Jessica A. Kinsey, who disappeared in 1995 and remains to this day a suspected victim of foul play at the hands of Hopkins.

“I would hate to think that he was the only person who knows where we can find Jessica,” Lt. Kyle Ketcher, of the Union Police Department, told the Globe this week.

Ketcher is the third lead investigator from the Union Police Department to have worked the missing-persons case, taking it over almost four years ago.

“If he shared the truth with someone — whether it is that she is alive or she is dead — it would be wonderful if that person would come forward,” he said. “I would love to bring closure to her mother.”

Christmas loss

Jessica’s mother, Mary Klein, fears she now may never get the answers she has been denied all these years.

“I think Jimmy Hopkins is the only person who knew what happened to my daughter, and he’s the only person who knew where he buried the body,” Klein told the Globe in a telephone interview this week.

Klein knew Hopkins since he was a child. His mother was her friend. Hopkins came to live with his mother in Union at the age of 11 and Klein’s family became well-acquainted with him, including Jessica, nine years his junior.

Klein recalls the day she last saw her daughter, Dec. 26, 1995, with remarkable clarity.

She and her husband were working at home. Jessica, in the seventh grade at the time, had received a new jacket, purse, gloves and scarf as Christmas gifts and wanted to wear them over to a female schoolmate’s house to show them off, Klein said.

Jessica called her mother at 2 p.m. to let her know that she and her friend were having fun and promised to call back at 5 p.m. to let her know if she was staying there for dinner.

“But at 5 o’clock, she didn’t call and she didn’t come home,” Klein said. “At 5:30, I called the friend’s house, and the girlfriend’s mother told me Jimmy came by and took her.”

She said the woman told her that Jessica asked her to call her and tell her that Jimmy was taking her, but the girlfriend’s mother neglected to do it. Klein said she called police right away when she’d learned that because Jimmy, 23 at the time, had no reason to be picking up her daughter and he had not brought her home.

Hopkins’ mother and his first wife came to Klein late that night after police had been alerted, she said. They told her that Jimmy said he was going to get Jessica, and that he’d taken his wife’s birth certificate, Social Security card and driver’s license with him.

‘Rough sex’

Ketcher said it was shortly after Jessica’s disappearance that a local man reported that Hopkins paid him to give the two a ride out of state.

They’d checked into adjacent rooms at a motel in Cloverdale, Ind., the night of Dec. 26. In the middle of the night, the man told police, he’d heard a lot of banging around coming from Hopkins’ and Jessica’s room and went to their door. A Union police case summary states that he knocked on the door and received no response for about 5 minutes before Hopkins finally called out and told him everything was OK, they’d just been having “rough sex” because they hadn’t seen each other for a while.

Klein said the Franklin County man who told police this changed his story slightly at different times. She said he initially told them Hopkins had come to the door fully dressed, blocked his view of the room and would not let him in.

The police summary says the man went back to his room and went to sleep. When he woke up the next morning, his Chevrolet Cavalier was gone and so were Hopkins and Jessica.

He reported the vehicle stolen to Indiana police, but Cloverdale failed to enter the report into the National Crime Information Center system for more than 30 days, possibly losing an opportunity for law enforcement to have stopped the vehicle somewhere and intervened early in the case.

Niagara Falls

The Union police case summary states that the man who gave Hopkins and Jessica the ride said Hopkins told him they were going to Niagara Falls to get married. He claimed Jessica was pregnant with his child.

Their ride was to take them to Indiana where Hopkins claimed to have relatives and planned to have one of them drive them the rest of the way to the renowned honeymoon resort. The police summary states that Hopkins showed him some wedding rings.

Police were able to confirm that Hopkins indeed took some wedding rings to a pawn shop in Paris, Tenn., 320 miles from Cloverdale, on the next day, Dec. 27.
Klein told the Globe the wedding rings belonged to Hopkins’ mother, and his elopement story is full of lies.

She does not believe her daughter had any romantic involvement with Hopkins leading up to her disappearance and certainly wasn’t pregnant with his child. Klein said she has medical reason to know that that was not true. She also doubts the “rough sex” portion of the story.

“I just can tell you my daughter would not have done anything ‘rough,’” she said.

Klein believes Hopkins abducted her daughter, hid that fact from the other man with his tale of elopement and killed her inside that motel room. She said the man who came forward told police that what he heard in the room next door “sounded like a body hitting the wall.”

She also finds the other man’s description of her daughter’s behavior on the trip to Indiana at odds with Hopkins’ portrayal of the situation. He described her as sitting quietly in the backseat, with her head down the whole time, she said. Hardly the demeanor of someone willingly eloping with someone else, she said.

“My daughter was very animated when she was doing things she wanted to do,” Klein said.

‘Capone’

Police were unable to locate Hopkins for questioning for several months.

The man’s vehicle turned up in Compton, Calif., about a month later, after police in Indiana finally entered it into NCIC. It had been dropped off at a garage by an unidentified black male on Jan. 6, 1996, according to the case summary.

In the spring of 1996, police learned from an acquaintance of Hopkins that they’d seen him with a girl matching a description of Jessica. A Union investigator learned he had been working in a yogurt shop at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and the Pacific Coast Highway in the Pacific Palisades area of California.

The yogurt-shop owner confirmed that a girl came to the shop frequently while Hopkins was working there.

Ketcher said Hopkins returned to Missouri sometime that spring and apparently hooked up with Anna, his second wife, who was from the Springfield area where his father lives, sometime around June. He would not assist police investigating Jessica’s disappearance at that time, according to the case summary.

But Ketcher said he was never formally questioned until November of 2006 when the Franklin County prosecutor had him extradited back from California on some warrants for passing bad checks. He said Hopkins passed some checks in the Union area in the days leading up to the girl’s disappearance and along their way to Indiana.

Hopkins had headed back to California with Anna and her younger brother, a reported runaway, in October of 1996, and they were detained in Mono County, Calif., due to the juvenile’s status. But when he was formally interviewed for the first time, Hopkins denied killing Jessica.

“He said he’d last seen her in Hollywood with a Mexican named ‘Capone,’” Ketcher told the Globe.

Memorial

Klein said Hopkins’ ‘Capone’ story proved to be just another lie. The address of a motel where Jessica supposedly had been with ‘Capone’ proved to be a lot that had been vacant for years, she said.

Ketcher said he tried to talk to Hopkins about the case in 2004 when Hopkins was once again living in the Union area, but got nowhere with him.

Finally, the Union police chief talked to Hopkins informally in December of 2005 and came away convinced that he killed Jessica.

Klein said the police chief told her that he could not use what Hopkins told him because he had not been read his Miranda rights.

“But, he told me: ‘Mary, I know he killed your little girl,’” she said.

Exactly what Hopkins told the police chief that convinced him of Hopkins’ guilt has not been made public record. But the Union police case summary mentions that Hopkins told more than one person that he killed her and dumped her body. He told one of those people it was near a lake, but the locations he gave proved “un-fruitful to date,” the police summary says.

She said on the strength of that conviction, her family finally held a memorial service for Jessica in February of 2006.

Still, when word of the murder-suicide in Joplin, involving Jessica’s suspected killer, reached her through a brother this past week, thoughts of her daughter and all that remains unknown about her death have come flooding back to Klein.

Evidence review

The Joplin Police Department was not initially aware of the connection of a murder-suicide April 12 to an unsolved missing-person case in Union, Mo. But police spokesman Chuck Niess said since the Police Department learned of the connection early this week, investigators have begun reviewing items taken from the home of Jimmy Hopkins to see if they can be linked to the Jessica Kinsey case

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