No breakthroughs in Summer Shipp disappearance

Brandy Shipp isn't losing faith.

"She's somewhere," Brandy said. "She's being held."

Shipp's mom, Summer Shipp, 54, of Kansas City, disappeared Dec. 8 while doing door to door surveys in a Independence neighborhood.

To help in the search Lamar Outdoor Advertising and Viacom donated billboards at Westport Road and Southwest Trafficway and at Interstate 435 and Truman Road. Summer's picture is also scheduled to be on some of the Metro buses downtown. By the end of the week Yellow Cab Company taxis will have cab tops dedicated to the search.

Owners of Screenland Theatre, 1656 Washington in Kansas City, are also hosting a special movie screening Jan. 6 to raise money for the search. The reward fund for information leading to Summer is at $50,000.

Independence Police are still looking into every lead that comes in, but Detective George Parks said there isn't any new information.

Police are discussing whether to look into local landfills with search and rescue dogs. However, Parks said it's hard for the dogs to pick up the scents.

Police arrested Jeff Sauerbry on Dec. 11 on traffic warrants. Sauerbry lives on at 1515 W. College Terrace, across the street from where Shipp's car was found the same day. Witnesses told police they saw Shipp enter the Sauerbry residence.

Parks said Sauerbry will remain in police custody until he posts bail or goes to court. Police also searched the house and recovered some items but have never said if they collected any tangible evidence from the home or the van they towed away.

Brandy said she believes the police are doing everything they can to help find her mother.

"They just have a stack of leads," Brandy said. "The private investigator is on it all day every day, linking one tip to another."

Brandy said Christmas this year was just another day her mother was gone. She planned to volunteer at the Salvation Army but got sick.

"I worked on what I could do next to bring her home," Brand said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the tips hotline 474-TIPS.

To reach Stephanie Howard, send e-mail to stephanie.howard or call her at (816) 229-9161, Ext. 25.