Missing Teen Seen on Surveillance Video...Update on the Search for the Suspect

The reward for information in the disappearance of Kelsey Smith has grown to $20,000 dollars.

Police say two callers to a tip line set up to help in the search for an Overland Park girl have alluded to the same individual.

Detective Bob Miller said this morning that police are confident
they can ``get this guy identified today.''

Police say parking lot surveillance tape shows 18 year old Kelsey Smith being forced into her car at a Target store Saturday night. Detectives say that video has not been released to the public because of its quality, but police are working to enhance it.

Lieutenant Tom Fredrickson said the girl left the store around 7:10 p.m. and put packages into her car when someone ran toward her, then pushed her into the car.

Police also said they're looking for a ``person of interest'' shown on security tape entering the store after Smith and leaving before she did. That tape has been released to the news media.

Investigators said they don't know if Smith was picked at random
or abducted by someone she knew.

Smith had been expected home by 7:30 p.m. to meet her boyfriend, who was waiting for her so they could attend a party and then go to
dinner to celebrate their six-month anniversary.

Miller said the Smith family was holding up ``as well as can be expected.'' But he said they're ``starting top crumble'' a little, now that the 48 hour window has passed.

Kelsey's father is Greg Smith, a 16 year veteran Overland Park police officer.


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