NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Friends of missing 20-year-old Toni Anderson gathered in North Kansas City Friday to search for her or any clues that may lead them to her.
FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien was with Anderson’s friends as they began their search near the QuikTrip on Burlington, where the 20-year-old was last seen Sunday morning.
Police say a North Kansas City Police officer pulled her over for an illegal lane change, and Anderson told the officer she was almost out of gas. Darin Snapp with the Kansas City Police Department says the officer gave her a warning, pointed out the nearby QuikTrip then watched as Anderson proceeded to the gas station.
Anderson hasn’t been seen since leaving that QuikTrip. On Thursday Darin Snapp with the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department told FOX 4 that there is no indication of foul play in her disappearance, but her disappearance is very concerning.
Friends of Anderson put together a missing persons poster to try and help find the 20-year-old.
In addition to attending UMKC, Anderson worked at Chrome, an adult entertainment club on 40 Highway. FOX 4 spoke with Toni’s coworkers there. It was a cold and icy on Sunday morning, and as usual the manager and a security guard at Chrome walked Toni to her car after her work shift making sure no one followed her out. The last thing they saw was her car, driving away.
She’s known at Chrome as the sweet girl, filling in when help was needed. Toni Anderson worked at Chrome Entertainment as a sever going by the nickname “Vanity” off and on for three years. They say Toni never drank or partied and was looking forward to starting school at UMKC on Tuesday. Chrome’s manager says he personally walked her out Sunday morning around 4:00. No one at Chrome has heard from her since.
Sources say when Toni left Chrome, she had plans to meet with friends at Shady Lady, a strip club on the eastside of Kansas City. Employees tell FOX 4 that they never saw her and say police searched for any trace of Toni on surveillance footage and came up short-handed.
Timeline of events, according to Kansas City police:
- Around 4 a.m. Toni left Chrome
- Approximately 4:20 a.m. an officer with the North Kansas City Police Department pulled Toni over
- Approximately 4:33 a.m. family bank records show Toni had a declined transaction at the QuikTrip along 9 Highway
- 4:42 a.m. Toni sent a text to a friend that said, “I just got pulled over again.”
What’s strange about this story is did she get pulled over once or twice that night? Also was she prone to being pulled over? I have conflicting information.
Her mother Liz Anderson says that she’s concerned that the statement ‘Im getting pulled over again’ is maybe her saying that she was pulled over twice in one night.
And if that’s the case, who pulled her over? Also they are attempting to find out if her GPS was tampered with.
It’s good that the club manager and Security made sure that she wasn’t followed, but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t followed. It’s very easy to watch someone arrive at work while you sit in your vehicle just to get their car identity. Then every night from that point on, you just watch and verify that it’s still them. You don’t have to stay in the lot. It could have been Someone at the gas station waiting for her who knew her usual route. Her car could have been siphoned while she was at work. As a woman, if I was getting off at 4:00 a.m. I don’t want to have to stop. So I’d fill up before going to work.
What’s the likelihood that someone posing as an officer pulled her over?
A similar story posted July 2016
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) –
∆ A man has been charged for impersonating a Kansas City police officer, according to Jackson County prosecutors.
Charges were filed Friday for 50-year-old Willie Zimmerli. He will face a Class A misdemeanor for false impersonation and driving on a suspended license.
This comes after a man was pulled over by who he thought was a Kansas City police officer but instead, he says he was stopped by an armed police impersonator who may have targeted many other drivers.
Dany Alzubbi rolled his window down and asked the first thing he asked was, “Are you a real police officer?” to which the imposter said, “Yes?”
The quick thinking driver grabbed his cell phone and started recording. Zimmerli did not have a dark blue police cruiser and it lacked KCPD decals and an officer license plate.
“This vehicle just attempted to stop me!” Alzubbi said in the video.
He was determined to get evidence to help officers arrest the police impersonator. Alzubbi recited the license plate to his camera to record it. He clearly captured the suspect’s license plates. There’s also a photo of the man pretending to use a police radio.
Alzubbi’s bizarre drive to work started when the car zipped in behind him with red and blue flashing light. Thinking he was abiding by the law, he pulled over not too far from the Interstate 70 to Interstate 435 interchange.
“The first thing I noticed was his uniform. He had a regular black button up t-shirt,” he said.
The man did not have a badge, name tag or gun holster. Instead he was pressing a gun to his hip.
“My next question was, ‘What agency do you work for?’ That’s when I could tell he got really pissed off that I was questioning his authority,” Alzubbi said.
His gut instinct told him to take off, but the man followed. Alzubbi used his car to maneuver into a pack of cars in traffic to get the suspect to pass him. After the man whizzed by him, Alzubbi made his move to get proof for true police officers.
“He is trying to get away from me, so now I’m certain this isn’t a police officer,” he said in the video. “It’s a beat up Crown Victoria with civilian tags.”
The car with Kansas plates 182-GXL is registered to the son of Zimmerli, who, when contacted, told KCTV5 his dad was using his car.
Alzubbi warned others about the impersonator on the Stolen KC Facebook page.
“I don’t know if this guy just has nothing better to do with his time. Is he an off duty security guard who just wants to feel a power trip? I have no clue,” he said.
Soon, more people started posting the same man had tried to pull them over or made them suspicious and uncomfortable. He reported the disturbing fake traffic stop to police.
“That’s concerning to me of what their intentions are, pulling someone over, and if that person had stayed there, what would have happened?” said KCPD Captain Stacey Graves.
The charges are good news for Alzubbi, who feared the imposter would continue targeting drivers.
“Relieved, you know. I’m glad they have someone in custody,” he said. “I hope he truly gets what he deserves.”
Police say if you believe an impersonator is trying to pull you over, you should call 911 or drive to a police station. You can also go to a populated public space to call 911.
A KCPD officer will have clearly identifying police markings on their uniform, clothing or badge. A KCPD officer will also quickly identify their agency when asked. ∆
So as you can see, there was a guy doing this last year. And we have no proof that it’s not happening again. But it’s worth looking in to.
Another thing, unfortunately word is spreading that this is a HOAX simply because of what her boyfriend says on his Twitter account. Statements regarding money
If it was an icy roads situation, and she was driving, why not just call your friend instead of texting? From my understanding there has been one search party formed. But it’s only been 5 days, so this is normal for a missing adult. Also why is the boyfriend taking over her page AND trying to hire a private investigator after only 5 days? Shouldn’t he be exhausting ALL SEARCH EFFORTS? Isn’t searching more important right now than raising money for a PI? LOL I’m just saying. He’s WAYYYYYYYY ahead of the game.
OK who is this message from? Who is she talking to? Fox4 states that it’s her boyfriend. Is this correct? Because if it is, why is she asking him where he’s at? And also if he’s not home, where is he since he stated that he was home as she was getting off from work.
This is why I hate the news! Be careful where you get your news. No wonder I’m such a terrible blogger!