On April 27, 2022, a set of skeletal human remains were found by a mushroom hunter in Ray County, Missouri. They were found about 30 miles away from where 18 year old Desirea Ferris disappeared five years ago.
Her family has been notified and are anxiously awaiting the DNA results, as well as three other families who contacted the Ray County Sheriff’s Office regarding the discovery.
The DNA results are expected to come back in seven weeks.
Desirea Ferris’ Disappearance
18 year old Desirea Ferris was last seen in Liberty, Missouri on May 2, 2017.
Early in the day of May 1, 2017, Desirea and her sister were picked up from their home in Liberty, Missouri by a man named Robert Jason Keegan, whom they both knew.
At approximately 4:30 pm Desirea was dropped off at a McDonald’s on 31st Street and Van Brunt Boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri. Some accounts state that her sister was dropped off at home, while others say she also got out of the car at the McDonalds with Desirea.
According to records a man named Mark Azola picked up Desirea and a female friend from McDonalds. The records then indicate the female friend was dropped off at another McDonalds location nearby, while Desirea stayed with Mark.
When interviewed by police Mark Azola claimed he took Desirea to his house on Highland Street located in the Marlborough neighbourhood of Kansas City. Between the hours of 10:20 – 11:00 pm Desirea sent 23 text messages to Robert Keegan while at Mark’s residence.
At approximately 1:00 am on May 2, Desirea texted her sister to let her know she was on her way home. About an hour later, Ferris made her last known phone call to an unknown person, someone she would text a few hours later.
At 3:00 am Desirea accessed her Facebook account with her phone. At 5:14 am Desirea sent her final text to the unidentified person she made a call to a few hours prior. Desirea Ferris has not been seen or heard from since.
Desirea was reported missing by her mother after discovering all of her text & call activity had stopped. Her family and friends organized a search party in the neighborhood where Desirea’s phone last pinged, canvassing the area and asking neighbors if anyone had seen her.
Multiple searches in the area were conducted, but there have been no breaks in the case, nor have any suspects been named. Her case remains unsolved.
There is a $12,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in Desirea’s case.