No evidence found in Raytown search

By SARA SHEPHERD
The Kansas City Star

No evidence turned up today in a foot-search of the wooded area behind a Raytown apartment building where four people were killed three days earlier.

But Metro Squad detectives, still working other leads, remain confident they will find whoever is responsible for the quadruple homicide.

“We’re getting closer,” Kansas City Police Detective Robert Delameter said this afternoon. “I’m feeling really good about it.”

Andre D. Jones Sr., 33, of Kansas City, and his girlfriend, Precious J. Triplett, 21, were found dead about 12:45 p.m. Monday inside Triplett’s apartment near 61st Street and Raytown Road.

Also slain were Triplett’s nephews, Amir Clemons, 10, and Gerard Clemons, 7, who had arrived Sunday evening for an overnight visit.

Triplett’s 1-year-old son was found inside the apartment, unharmed.

Investigators have determined that the victims were killed sometime Monday morning, Delameter said.

Police had not released how they died or the names of any suspects this afternoon.

Early in the investigation, Delameter said, some neighbors told police that they may have seen somebody come out of the woods.

A police dog, working by scent, searched the area Monday but turned up nothing, Delameter said. About 20 law enforcement students from Metropolitan Community College-Blue River, who searched by sight this morning, also found no evidence.

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