2 arrested after body of 3 year old girl found

Howard Jansen III, 29, and Jacqulyn Amanda Kirkpatrick, 33, of Kansas City, Kansas are both facing murder charges.

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For the better part of Friday, July 10th an Amber Alert was in effect for a missing 3-year-old girl out of Kansas City, Kansas.

 

Olivia Jansen was reported missing at approximately 8:30 am. According to the initial story her father, 29-year-old Howard Jansen III had last seen her at about 11 pm when he went to sleep.  He told police that he had woken at 5:30 and found the door of the house open and his daughter missing.

 

Investigators didn't know why he had not called 911 at that time .

 

"That's a good question, and that's what we're also trying to ascertain," said Officer Dustin Dierenfeldt according to KMBC.

 

Despite no description of a suspect or vehicle, an Amber Alert was issued for Olivia, “Due to her age and a search of the area, investigators believe that she was taken from the location."

 

Police used ATVs, drones, K9s, and officers on foot to search for the young girl.

 

Kansas City Police Department Spokesman Tom Tomasic said that they were told “several stories throughout the day” and “none of them made sense.”

 

Eventually police received a tip that led them to a trail not far from Interstate 635 where they recovered what they believe to be the body of Olivia.

Olivia Ann Jensen [Image credit: Fox 4 KC]
 

Jansen was arrested Friday night and charged with aggravated endangering of a child, criminal desecration, and first degree murder.  His girlfriend, 33-year-old Jacqulyn Amanda Kirkpatrick was arrested the following morning on the same three charges.

 

They are both being held at the Wyandotte County Detention Center and their court date is not known.  Their bonds have both been set at $500,000 in this case. Jansen has an additional cash bond of $250 listed.

 

"It just tears you in half. I don't even know what to think," said Perry Goin, a family friend said according to KMBC.

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