New search efforts provide hope for family of missing Maize woman


There is a renewed effort to find a Maize woman who has been missing for 15 months.

Kendra Nystrom disappeared on May 4, 2017.

The case has gone cold with very few new tips coming in to police. 

“We never dreamed that this would have gone on this long,” said Judy Nystrom, Kendra’s mother. 

There’s a lot of frustration for Judy and her family, who continue to search for answers in her daughter’s disappearance. 

“She could literally be anywhere,” said Detective Jeff Piper, of the Maize Police Department. “It’s our guess, she’s still in this immediate area or even Sedgwick County, or even the state of Kansas for that matter.”

Kendra was last seen leaving her parents’ home the day she went missing, with her dog and no other belongings. 

Now, all they have to hold on to is her memory. 

“Kendra’s one of those people that knew no stranger,” said Judy. “She’d walk into a room and she’d light it up.”

That smile was taken away from the Nystroms as they continue to wonder where their daughter is. 

And now, the Kansas chapter of Texas EquuSearch is helping them solve this mystery.

It’s the same group that helped search for 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez.

“It’s also brought a greater sense of awareness to the community,” said Sheila Medlam, with Texas EquuSearch. “We’re actually seeing the community share flyers more frequently and a quicker reaction time when someone goes missing.”

The team is made up of 35 members and they also take community volunteers for some of the larger searches, helping Maize police that don’t have as much manpower as larger departments.

They go out on foot, ATVs and even horses if needed. 

“I think that we’re probably closer now than we’ve been in a long time of being able to hopefully bring some answers to this mystery,” said Piper.

“We always hope she’s found alive,” said Judy. “I mean her dad and I will always keep that hope going. Having people that aren’t going to give up is probably the best hope that we ever had.”

Right now, police say the best thing people can do is let them know immediately if they have any information that can help solve this case. 

You can contact Maize Police at 316-425-3356 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.

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