- Associated Press - Sunday, April 17, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A trial is scheduled to begin this week for a man accused of killing a Kansas City woman, who disappeared more than a decade ago while conducting door-to-door market research.

Jeffrey S. Sauerbry is charged in the death of 54-year-old Summer Shipp, who vanished in Independence in December 2004. Her dismembered body was found four years later in a bag along the banks of the Little Blue River, about 7 miles east of where she was last seen.

Jackson County prosecutors announced the first-degree murder charge against Sauerbry in 2012, just hours after he was convicted of murder in an unrelated 1998 case, The Kansas City Star reported (https://j.mp/1MBqe7E ).

Sauerbry told investigators he had nothing to do with Shipp’s disappearance. His lawyer, John Picerno, said this month the state has hinged its hopes on a “highly circumstantial case without any physical evidence.”

Shipp’s disappearance generated widespread media coverage and community support. For three years after her mother’s disappearance, Brandy Shipp remained hopeful she would be found. A group of supporters, called Friends of Summer, raised thousands in reward money. Through her attorney, Brandy Shipp has declined to comment about the murder trial.



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Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com

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