Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Mysterious Death of Janina Vasquez

27 year-old Janina Vasquez disappeared from Kansas City on February 12th, 2015. Prior to her disappearance, Janina was living at her parent’s home in Kansas City. On the evening of the 12th, Janina let her mother know she was going out with her friends named Allen and Nicole. Janina’s mother did not recognize those names, but since Janina did not socialize very often, her mother was happy to hear that she was going out with friends. The last known footage of Janina is pictured below–pulled from CCTV at the Isle of Capri casino. The video footage shows Janina exiting the casino at 7:40pm and getting into an unidentified red car. Janina never returned home after that, and her mother reported her missing on the evening of February 13th, 2015.

Janina Vasquez exiting the casino
Just seven days later, a city worker found Janina’s body at the bottom of a well in Overland Park. Investigators determined that Janina had died from blunt force trauma. Despite this, authorities ruled Janina’s death as accidental. However, there are many factors in this case that lead Janina’s mother and many others to believe that Janina was murdered. The well that her body was found in is surrounded by a gate with a barbed wire. Janina suffered from chronic pains and seizures, and her mother does not believe she would have been able to climb over that gate by herself. Additionally, over a year after Janina was found dead, authorities told her mother that Janina apparently made a 911 call from the bottom of the well during on the night of February 12th. Apparently the officers who responded to the 911 call searched the park, but not the well, before leaving. It is unknown what Janina said on the 911 call, but her mother believes that somebody had thrown her into the well. The person who picked up Janina from the casino also remains unknown.

Even though Janina’s case is (unfortunately) closed, her mother still hopes that somebody will come forward with answers as to what happened to her on the night of February 12th, 2015. If you have any information, please report it to Missouri Crime Stoppers here.

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