Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional information.
The Versailles Police Department has issued an Endangered Person Advisory for a missing person incident that occurred at 3 p.m. Tuesday at 103 Fairgrounds Road.
Kiaira Lazae Burris, 16, left McDonald’s in Versailles with an unknown subject at 3 p.m., according to a news release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. At 9:30 p.m., Burris’ mother received a phone call from her from an unknown number. Burris was crying and sounded distraught. An unknown male subject came on the line and stated “I hid the body” several times before disconnecting.
Chad Hartman, City Marshal in Versailles, said VPD is still tracking down leads.
“I keep getting one about every five minutes,” Hartman said. “We’re just trying to track it down and make sure. The last information we had was she was last seen about 7 p.m. last night. That was the last time where somebody had actually seen her.”
Antonio J. Primer Jr., 20, is believed to be a suspect or associate in the case. Primer is described as a black male, 6’6”, 250 pounds, with brown eyes.
Burris is described as a black female, 5’7”, 175 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes and a tattoo of a rose outline on her left arm. She was last seen wearing a brown and tan sleeveless sundress, black sandals with pearls, and carrying a black backpack containing clothes.
The vehicle is described as a gray Chevrolet Malibu bearing unknown registration. The vehicle has tinted windows and front-end damage, and was last seen at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Columbia.
Hartman said VPD did not send out an Amber Alert because they didn’t have enough information in the beginning of the investigation.
“When her mother got the phone call and heard a male voice say over and over, ‘I hid the body, I hid the body,’ that’s when we went ahead and entered her as endangered,” he said. “We wanted to make sure she was treated like that until it was proved otherwise. I don’t think it quite made the Amber Alert profile yet.”
Hartman said VPD filed an endangered person advisory and not a kidnapping because they were advised Burris volunteered to be with the unknown subject in the vehicle.
Anyone who sees the missing person, suspect, associate, or vehicle, or has any information related to the endangered missing person should immediately dial 911 to contact the nearest law enforcement agency or call the Versailles Police Department at 573-378-5481.