Man questioned in Keighley Ann Alyea disappearance being held in JoCo jail on 2007 warrant
A man questioned Sunday in the disappearance of 18-year-old Keighley Ann Alyea is still being held in the Johnson County jail on a 2007 warrant for telephone harassment.
Sean Michael Merritt, 22, is being held for failure to appear on the charges with a $25,000 bond.
Overland Park police questioned Merritt on Sunday, but few details have been released. Police say they took information from Merritt and were tracking other leads.
Alyea was last seen late last Tuesday. Police say they consider the 18-year-old’s disappearance “a missing/possibly endangered person.”
On Sunday, a police officer on patrol found Alyea’s 1993 Mazda 626 parked behind an apartment complex next to a dumpster near 62nd and Foster in Mission, Kansas.
Overland Park police spokesman Jim Weaver tells The Pitch that the car is being processed for evidence and that should be done by the end of the day. However, whatever the police find likely won’t be made public unless the Johnson County District Attorney’s office gets involved.
Alyea is described as 5-feet-1-inches tall, 113 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
Police have already questioned two men — Jaymes Beebe and
Dustin Hilt — but released both after questioning. Beebe was being held in the Johnson County jail on a prior disorderly conduct warrant, but he bonded out the same day — September 29 — that he was brought in.
Alyea’s family has started a “Bring Keighley Ann Alyea Home!” Facebook page. They’re also collecting money through all Kansas City branches of Commerce Bank for a reward. Alyea’s uncle Ed Frentrop tells The Pitch that they’re already collected $2,000.
Frentrop also tells The Pitch that he’s heard that everyone questioned is being swabbed for DNA. He also says that when Beebe showed up to help with a canvas, he was told to go home.
Alyea’s friends and family don’t believe she had a boyfriend at the time of her disappearance. They say she was living in an apartment in Overland Park, working at an Arby’s and taking classes at Johnson County Community College. They also say it’s totally out of character for Alyea to not be in contact with her family and friends for so long.
you have any information about Alyea’s disappearance, call the TIPS
Hotline at 816-474-8477 or the Overland Park Police at 913-895-6300.