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Eureka High School senior identified as victim in Franklin County death investigation

Deputies and detectives arrived to find 18-year-old Kiley Kennedy on the ground. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The case is now a criminal investigation.

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. — Officials have released more information regarding an investigation after a woman’s body was found in the Pacific area Wednesday morning. 

The woman has been identified as 18-year-old Kiley Kennedy, of Eureka. Police investigators now describe the case as a criminal investigation. 

A call came into the Franklin County 911 dispatch center at about 7:05 a.m. for a report of a woman found dead near Highway 100 and Country Aire Lane. Deputies and detectives arrived to find Kennedy lying on the ground next to a vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Major Case Squad announced Friday two 16-year-old boys had been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the case. Watch the full update from investigators in the video below.

Kennedy was a senior at Eureka High School. The Rockwood School District was made aware of the incident and released the following statement.

Dear Rockwood Families:

It is with great sadness that I share that we have lost another member of our Rockwood family. Kiley Kennedy, a senior at Eureka, passed away unexpectedly yesterday. Dr. Corey Sink, EHS principal, has reached out to Kiley’s family to offer our sympathy, concern and support.

Our district has certainly experienced tremendous loss in a very short amount of time. Once again, we stand ready to offer counseling support as necessary for all our students and staff in the coming days. For information about mental health resources in Rockwood, please visit our website or reach out to your child’s school. Rockwood has a wonderful, caring community and I’m confident that we can lean on each other for comfort and support in the coming days and weeks.

Please join us in expressing our deepest sympathy to Kiley’s family and friends, as well as the students and staff at Eureka High School. Let’s continue to wrap our arms around each other and do all we can to find a way to heal together through this difficult time.

A GoFundMe page has been set up and verified as a way for the public to contribute to Kennedy's memorial expenses. Those interested in donating can click here

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Major Case Squad for assistance on the case. 

The investigation remains active.

Investigators with The Major Case Squad ask that anyone with information that would assist in the solving of this crime call the tip line at 636-583-2560, ext. 3002 or 3004, or if you wish to remain anonymous or are interested in a cash reward for your information on this investigation contact CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477).