Missing Derby woman found dead in Reno County


UPDATE: Authorities have canceled the statewide Silver Alert for 74-year-old Juanita Stecher. 

Officials with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation say Stecher was found dead in Reno County Sunday morning. 

Authorities said an autopsy will be conducted and no other details have been released at this time. 

The Cheney Police Department has requested that the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) issue a statewide Silver Alert for a missing Derby woman.

The whereabouts of Juanita L. Stecher, 74, are unknown, and the public’s assistance is requested to help locate her. Stecher has short, grey hair and blue eyes. She wears gold glasses.

Stecher was last seen near Central and Maize in Wichita at approximately 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. She was in a Silver 2013 Chevy Equinox with disabled tag 67754. She called family indicating her car was stuck in the mud, and she was unsure of her location. She may have been near the Cheney area.

If you see Stecher or her vehicle, please immediately contact the Cheney Police Department at 316-213-5831.

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