Investigators search Hartzler land for missing Kansas woman

The search for a missing Kansas woman comes to some property owned by Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler. Investigators spent part of Tuesday on rural property owned by Hartzler and her husband south of Harrisonville in west central Missouri’s Cass County.  

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office was at the property as it assisted Overland Park police in searching for 49-year old Sylvia Anne Ussery-Pearson, who was last seen Monday.

About 6 p.m. Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said it was finished searching the area. A spokesman for Hartzler said he was told nothing relevant had been found.

The search began earlier in the day in Overland Park, Kansas, where police asked for the public’s help finding Ussery-Pearson, who left her home Monday and never returned, according to police.

Why the investigation led to the property, even briefly, was a mystery to Hartzler’s office, Spokesman Steve Walsh said. He said he knew of no connection between Hartzler and Ussery-Pearson.

In a news release, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office said investigators searched the area as they followed up on leads.