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Teen Helping Family Friend Found Dead

Kansas girl, sister had been helping a man clean out a semi when he called her back
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2019 9:13 AM CDT
Stock photo of a semi-truck.   (Getty Images/Rudi_Lange)

(Newser) – Jasmine Mills, 17, left her home in Olathe, Kansas, early Thursday intending to help an adult friend remove trash from the cab of a semi-truck. Days later, her body was found in the back of a semi-truck in nearby Kansas City, leaving her family desperate for answers. Jasmine's 16-year-old sister, Aliesa Boll, says the pair spent Wednesday helping a family friend—described by the girls' mother as a father-like figure—clean out the cab of a semi behind a grocery store in Olathe. They'd returned home around 2am Thursday when the man called Jasmine, Aliesa tells KSHB. "He … said, 'you guys forgot to take the trash out,' and so she went up there by herself," adds a family spokesman, per KCTV.

Aliesa says friends and family "searched everywhere" Friday before police discovered Jasmine's body Saturday in an industrial area home to junk yards and trucking companies. Officers have released few details but consider the death suspicious. Jasmine's mother, Deanna Peters, says the friend Jasmine was assisting claimed she didn't show up as planned. "She pretty much looked at him like a dad or grandpa kind of figure," Peters tells the Kansas City Star. "I trusted her judgment because she's known him forever … She was sweet, kind, loving, caring and too trusting, obviously." "We’ve known him for a couple years, but I’ve never been comfortable around him and as many times as I’ve told her not to go out there alone, the one time she did, she came up missing," says Aliesa. Aliesa describes her sister as "perfect," per the Star, adding, "she's always going to be in our hearts." (Read more Kansas City stories.)

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