On June 2, 2007, Kelsey was abducted in broad daylight from Target in Overland Park. The effort to find Kelsey grew so large the volunteers became known as “Kelsey’s Army.” On June 6, 2007, Kelsey’s body was found. She had graduated from high school just 9 days before being murdered. The person accused was arrested the same day. On July 23, 2008, Kelsey’s killer pled guilty to all four charges and on September 16, 2008, he was sentenced to life in prison without any chance of parole.
Today we have the honor of visiting with Kelsey’s parents, Missey and Greg Smith. They share their daughter’s story, the Kelsey Smith Act, and the resources their foundation offers. We ask how parents can balance being aware and safe with being scared and living in fear. Missey and Greg were an inspiration to us and know they will be to you, as well.
Meet Missey and Greg Smith
Beyond local Kansas City news coverage, Kelsey’s disappearance and murder received prominent national media attention, due in large part to her parents, Greg and Missey Smith. Greg has 17 years of law enforcement experience and was a police officer at the time of her abduction. On July 7, 2007, they established the Kelsey Smith Foundation to honor their daughter by empowering families, friends, and communities to proactively protect one of its most precious resources, namely its youth and young adults. We are so appreciative of them sharing Kelsey’s story with us today and all they do to keep other family’s kids safe.
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