After Woman's Disappearance, a Chilling Arrest
Kylr Yust was eyed in still-unsolved 2007 case
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2016 3:30 AM CDT
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(Newser) – After 17-year-old Kara Kopetsky disappeared without a trace in 2007, ex-boyfriend Kylr Yust was considered a person of interest but was never charged. Now Yust, said to be 27 or 28, is a suspect in another disappearance—and the circumstances are chilling. Witnesses say Yust was the last person seen with 21-year-old Jessica Runions, who disappeared Thursday evening and whose burnt-out car was discovered early Saturday in Raymore in suburban Kansas City, Mo., the Kansas City Star reports. Yust was arrested early Sunday on charges of "knowingly burning" the vehicle and is being held in the Benton County jail. “Right now I have positive news that my daughter wasn’t in the car when they found it,” says Runions' mother. "There’s hope.”

Family members tell KSHB that Runions was at a party Thursday with her boyfriend, who has been Yust's friend since childhood. The boyfriend reportedly left the party early, leaving Yust with Runions. KMBC reports that Yust was released in February from prison, where he was serving time on a drug conviction; his other convictions include assault, theft, and animal cruelty for stomping a kitten and throwing it in a river. Runions' mother says she has received support from Kopetsky's mother. "People say they understand what you're going through, but they don't really understand," she tells the Star. "She does." (Cops are digging for the remains of a Cal Poly student who disappeared 20 years ago.)