50 people in 50 days: Teen never shows up for work after school
February 25th, 2011
09:12 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Teen never shows up for work after school

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 30th case, and it will be shown Friday at 9 p.m. on HLN.

The morning of May 4, 2007, Kara Kopetsky decided to walk to school in Belton, Missouri, instead of having her mom drive her. Later that morning, she called her mom and asked her to bring a book for one of her classes that she had forgotten at home. She also asked her mom to wash her work clothes because she had to work after school. Her mother dropped off the book, and Kara retrieved it. But what happened next remains a mystery.

Kara did not come home from school and did not show up for work. The last call on her cell phone was about 10:30 a.m. Since then, police say, the cell phone has been shut off or the battery has run down. There has been no activity on her bank account, and nothing is missing from her house.

Someone reported seeing Kara on May 17 at a gas station in Louisburg, Kansas, with an unidentified man, but the sighting could not be confirmed because the video surveillance system was not working. Since then, the trail has run cold. An $80,000 reward has been offered for information leading to her whereabouts.

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    February 25, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Little Ceaser

    Now this is a mystery . I hope they find her . These kind of stories really ERKK me out . Its like she just vanisished . Or was abducted, but by whom??

    February 26, 2011 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. REALLY!!!!!!

    nancy grace claims to be such an integeral part of our media.. how about doing some real investigating like maybe impending gas hikes and the destablised governments of the middle east

    February 26, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • nikki

      Impending gas hikes?! .....do you have a brain? You are trying to compare a missing child to the cost of gas, why don't you get a life.

      March 3, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kim

    I tired of bullies oh they can dish out trouble but cant take it when others fight back or say something back or call them on there bullcrap I hate bullies and they need to leave people alone and find other thing to do with there time instead of being a nuisance to other people. In regards to that missing girl what about her mother she was the last to see her?

    February 26, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. Juhnny

    she went to illinois because she had a big test to take and was scared of the results tee hee

    February 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |

    that's just right down the street from me... there is alot of messed up people that live around her and a big meth- problem...

    February 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |

    we really need jobs so people dont get depressed and keep doing drugs..

    basiacally if you want a decent job you have to drive 30 minutes to opks...or know someone..

    February 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CharlieSheen

    Hey has Nancy Grace done a show about my missing blow?

    February 26, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kimberly

    Get serious people! She was last seen AT SCHOOL, not by HER MOM. Nancy Grace is doing some good reporting! There are other repoters out there that investigate and report what you are talking about. Nancy does a lot to make sure these cases of missing people don't get forgotten, or overlooked.
    What happened to this girl isn't a funny matter, it's just terrible! Poor little thing!

    February 27, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. pamela devereux

    I normally don't watch Grace's show,but 50 missing is a much needed effort when cases have grown cold.Anyone who uses this page to make vapid comments not related to the serious topic at hand is a dick.There is nothing funny about a missing child or adult,for that matter.

    March 7, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |