Task force formed to investigate cold case of murder

This week, the Clay County sheriff’s office assembled a task force of investigators to continue their investigation into the murder of Alesha Reade. In addition, there is now a $7,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect.

On February 11, 2021, Reade, 45, was reported missing in Independence. Later that day, her remains were discovered in rural Clay County near the intersection of Cameron and Easley roads. The reward was $5,000 last year, but suspects remain large. The investigators hope that the increased premium will yield new leads.

Captain Robert Hays of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office stated in 2021 that deputies were dispatched after receiving a 911 call from a passerby who discovered human remains while walking in the rural Clay County area where Reade was located.

Identified human remains discovered in rural Clay County
Identified human remains discovered in rural Clay County
— CLAY COUNTY The sheriff’s office is investigating a murder after discovering human remains…

“This murder has weighed on our investigators and our community for a year,” Sheriff Will Akin told the Courier-Tribune when the reward was increased for the first time a year ago. “We have never stopped working on this case, and we will continue until justice is served and Alesha’s family has closure.”

Reade was last seen at about 8:40 p.m. February 9, 2021, at the Fav Trip gas station at 10507 E. 23rd St. in Independence. She was last seen riding as a passenger in a Volkswagen Passat of a dark colour.

After her remains were discovered, a family member of Reade spoke with the Courier Tribune.

“It has consumed us; it’s virtually all we can think about… Alesha’s sister-in-law, Melissa Reade stated, “We are just trying to piece everything together to determine why she was in that area.”

Melissa stated that Alesha was a good person who did not deserve what happened to her because she did not always make the right decisions.

“Alesha’s life was difficult; she had her demons. She was a substance abuser, an active substance abuser, but she was a good person. Melissa stated, “She would give you the shirt off her back and her last dollar.” “… She was not merely a drug user. She was a mother, a daughter, a sister, and a grandmother. She had a family and was cherished.”

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