Monday, February 6, 2023

The Disappearance and Murder of Brandon Herring

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Brandon Herring had a lot to look forward to during November of 2016. The then-21-year-old was engaged to a woman he loved, and his fiancĂ© was just days away from giving birth to the couple's first child. Brandon was looking forward to becoming both a father and a husband. Unfortunately, he would never get a chance to do either - as he vanished on November 22nd, 2016. Two months later, Brandon was found deceased. He had been shot to death.

Prior to vanishing, Brandon lived in Raytown, Missouri with his mother and siblings. According to his mother, nothing initially seemed unusual about Brandon's behavior on the day of his disappearance. Then, at some point, Brandon's mother attempted to call him only to find his phone had been shut off. This was an immediate red flag, as Brandon had purposely been keeping his phone on and charged in anticipation of his fiancĂ© going into labor. 

Brandon was later reported missing by family members after he did not return home. His family then began canvassing their neighborhood and passing out missing persons fliers. Eventually, Brandon's family spoke to someone who said that they saw him sitting on the steps of the Park Meadows Apartment complex on November 24th - two days after he was last seen. His family members subsequently went to the apartment complex, where they found several shell casings and a unit with a window that had been shot out. Police reportedly collected evidence from that area, but did not find or speak to anyone inside the unit.

In January of 2017, volunteers searched in Kansas City for Kara Kopetsky and Jessica Runions - two girls who had gone missing from the area in 2007 and 2016 respectively. During the search, a body was spotted in a creek at Swope Park. Days later, the body was identified as that of Brandon Herring. An autopsy determined he died from gunshot wounds. His death was subsequently labeled a homicide.

Years have passed, and Brandon's murder remains unsolved. No suspects or persons of interest have been publicly named. It also is unclear if the shell casings or shot out window unit at the apartment complex were ever positively linked to Brandon's case. Very few details about the investigation have been provided.

Brandon's family has vowed to never give up on the fight for justice. There is monetary reward available for anyone with information that could lead to Brandon's killer(s). If you have any information that could help the investigation, please call 816-474-TIPS.

Kansas City PD
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