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Monday, August 27, 2007

Five years later, no resolution in Shirley McKeown case

Mckeown Friday was the fifth anniversary of local woman Shirley McKeown's disappearance. The 71-year-old was probably carjacked while driving to her daughter's house, her family says. McKeown's car was found several days later behind a vacant house near 33rd and Highland, hidden under a tarp. Though McKeown was never found, police ruled her case a homicide -- there was so much of her blood in the vehicle, the retired nurse couldn't possibly have survived.

Her personalized plates -- MCQ-N -- weren't recovered.

McKeown worked at North Kansas City Hospital back in the 1960s and 70s, her daughter Bridget said. She also did seasonal work at Royals Stadium and helped address holiday cards for Don Hall at Hallmark. The mother of two, she liked antiques and refinishing old woodwork.

Bridget wants to remind people of the $10,000 reward being offered in the case. Tipsters can call the Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS (474-8477). "I just don't want people to forget."

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