Monday, January 26, 2009

Missing Mom Pursuing Divorce

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Affidavit: Missing Mom Pursuing Divorce

Missing Woman's Family Thanks Community, Seeks Tips

POSTED: 1:45 pm CST January 17, 2009
UPDATED: 2:49 pm CST January 17, 2009

A woman who has been missing since Jan. 2 was in the process of getting a divorce from her husband, who has made inconsistent statements about when he last saw her, according to a court affidavit released Friday.

The affidavit for a search warrant said Shone Pernice, an Independence firefighter, used an electronic key card to enter the back door of the Independence hazardous materials station -- where solvents and other cleaning materials are stored -- at 4:26 a.m. Jan. 3, even though he was not assigned to that station.

Renee Pernice, a 35-year-old nursing instructor, has two sons and a stepdaughter and is not the kind of person who would separate herself from her children for any reason, family members have told police. Investigators believe she is a victim of foul play.

Shon Pernice told his wife's relatives that he last saw her on New Year's Day, according to the affidavit, but told detectives several days later that he last saw her on Jan. 2.

On Jan. 6, detectives saw Shon Pernice drive the family minivan to a park more than a mile away from the family's home, drop his wife's dog off and drive away. Detectives picked up the dog after Pernice did not return.

Shon Pernice's attorney, Kevin Baldwin, said he has instructed Pernice not to comment or allow police to interview him because Pernice believes he is being blamed for his wife's disappearance.

Police found Renee Pernice's cell phone on Jan. 3 in the northeast area of Kansas City, and on Monday dozens of volunteers searched a wooded area near the Pernice home.

According to a returned search warrant, investigators found a fake Navy Seal identification card with Shon Pernice's name and photograph when they searched the family's home, which Renee Pernice bought before she married Shon.

Investigators also removed from the home satellite equipment, an external thumb drive, a nursing notebook, a pineapple-style grenade with a hollowed-out bottom and a spent fuse.

Police said Shon Pernice, who is a member of the National Guard and has served with the Army in Iraq, was scheduled to leave for a three-week military session and then was planning to move out of the home.

Investigators interviewed the mother of Shon Pernice's daughter, who visited with her dad on Jan. 2. The woman told police that her daughter sent an e-mail at about 9:30 p.m. telling her that she was ready to come home and was worried because Renee Pernice was not there.

The woman said she noticed the family van parked outside the home when she picked up her daughter from the Pernice home the next morning, the affidavit said. She said that was unusual because the van was always parked in the garage, police said.

Renee Pernice is described as white, 5 feet 9 inches tall and slender, with blue eyes and shoulder-length brown hair.

Her family members held a news conference late Saturday morning but declined to discuss the specifics of the affidavit. They also declined to discuss the pending divorce.

"We think the report stands on its own," said Rick Pretz, Renee Pernice's father. "We believe it indicates how hard the police have been working. We believe the police to be very competent, very caring, and they share information to the degree that they can."

The family said they wanted to stay in the public eye because Renee Pernice hadn't yet been found.

"The coverage of the report may stimulate someone to be thinking about something they haven't told the police before, and we're very hopeful that we can get some new leads," Pretz said. "Part of their job is receiving tips and following up on them, so we don't want the public in any way to relax and think that some information that they might have wouldn't be helpful to this."

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Anonymous said...

Get those kids away from that maniac.

Blood on the axe. Blood traces on the floor. Lies to the cops...c'mon, guys. I'm sure that the authorities can come up with a reasonable cause to spirit those kids to safety.

Anonymous said...

Missing Person Alert$5,000 REWARD
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Star G. Boomer (Hurtie)- Victim
Date of Birth: 2-15-1960
5 foot 4 inches, 140 pounds, blue eyes, blonde hair
Last known address:
1737 South 49th Street
Kansas City, Kansas

On the evening of February 23, 1999, Ms. Star Boomer was patron of Uncle Mike's Bar at 49th and Metropolitan in Kansas City, Kansas. Witnesses say she was involved in a violent altercation with a man believed to be lifelong criminal with a history of violent behavior, particularly toward women. At one point during the evening, Ms. Boomer allegedly was knocked to the ground, causing her to lose consciousness, by 'Gino Spradlin' of Kansas City, Kansas/Missouri. She was allegedly given a substance by 'Shon Pernice' while inside the bar, and subsequently carried out by 'Gino Spradlin' and Robert Horn "Butchie" of Kansas City Kansas/Missouri. Ms. Boomer has not been seen or heard from since that date.

The witness accounts that Shon Pernice administered a substance to Star Boomer before her disappearance along with the current developments in the Missing "Renee Pernice" case in Kansas City, Missouri raises many questions.

Investigators believe several individuals may have knowledge and information to help solve this crime, but witnesses have not yet come forward with enough evidence to proceed with an arrest or prosecution.

If you have any information on this case, or know 'any' of the individuals named above, and would like to help generate leads to help find "Star Boomers" remains, please do not hesitate to write: Your tips and identity/handle will be kept anonymous.