The Maize Police Department released new information on missing woman Kendra Nystrom.
“Pretty confident that this was an accidental drowning,” says Jeff Piper, Maize Police Department. “We know that she went out the back of the house with her dog.”
Piper says Nystrom’s parents live along the Cowskin. And police have pursed many different theories and followed a lot of tips since May 4, 2017 when Nystrom went missing with her dog named Frankie.
Recently, Texas EquuSearch conducted a search. Detectives said clothing was found on a tree near Cowskin creek. A second item contained some DNA.
Nystrom has not been found, so this is still a missing person case. But detectives say the DNA this week was confirmed to belong to Nystrom.
Also, the Cowskin creek was flooded the day Kendra was last seen leaving her parents home. The article of clothing was found not too far from the home.
“This team found the items they found, actually tangled within the tree limbs above approximately three to four feet above the surface of the water which would be what it (water level) would have been when it was flooded and out of the banks,” says Piper.
The Sedgwick County Regional Forensics Center is still working on the case. As for the family, they are asking for privacy.
Maize police say they do not want any more public searches because the Cowskin creek access is owned by dozens and dozens of land owners. But Maize is still getting coordinated help searching for remains from the group that found the DNA evidence, Texas EquuSearch.
Sheila Medlam helped search for Lucas Hernandez. She is is now helping Texas EquuSearch, Kansas Chapter in that coordinated effort with Maize police.
“Just a group of people who hate the thought of anybody missing and hate the thought of anybody sad or in despair because they can’t find somebody that they love,” said Medlam.
Maize police says anyone living along the Cowskin should be aware there may be remains in the creek.
Information and tips on Kendra’s case may be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 316-267-2111 or 1-800-222-TIPS.