Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Ex-Grandview police officer Jeffrey Moreland charged in the homicides of Nina Whitney and Cara Jo Roberts

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click to enlarge Jeffrey Moreland is accused in two murders and a rape.
  • Jeffrey Moreland is accused in two murders and a rape.

UPDATE (July 12): Homicide victim Nina Whitney's daughter dated her mother's suspected killer 25 years ago. Paige Huesey told Fox 4 that ex-Grandview police officer Jeffrey Moreland was adored by her mother. Huesey told the TV station that she never suspected Moreland until she saw a police sketch of her mother's suspected killer. "It just hit me like a bolt of lightning, that's Jeff's chin," Huesey said. "I want him to know his ex-girlfriend got him caught, plain and simple. He murdered my mother, and I was not about to give up."

Original Story (July 8):
A former Grandview police officer has been charged in the cold-case homicides of two women. Prosecutors in Jackson and Cass counties announced murder and rape charges against 52-year-old Jeffrey Moreland, who medically retired from the Grandview PD several years ago.



Moreland is accused of raping and killing Cara Jo Roberts in November 2008. He's also accused of killing 75-year-old Nina Whitney, who was strangled and stabbed in her home at 11800 Belmont in October 2010 (in April, police released a composite sketch of a suspect). 

The Star reported that Moreland is accused of raping a woman last week in Harrisonville; DNA from the rape matched DNA evidence in the homicides. He was arrested in Iowa on Wednesday and is locked up in the Cass County jail on $1 million bond.

In Whitney's case, a witness saw a man

who doesn't live on the block leaving the scene the day of the killing in a newer model Jeep Liberty. The suspect was

described as a white male between the ages of 45 and 60. He's

approximately 5 feet 8 inches, 200 pounds and may be walking with a

slight limp.



The Star reported that Moreland has Parkinson's disease and drives a vehicle similar to the Jeep that the witness described.


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