Father Vindicated 3 Years Later


Police File Murder Charges In Death Of His Daughter

KANSAS CITY, Mo., 5:49 a.m. CDT June 13, 2001 -- Prosecutors filed charges Monday against a Kansas City man in a 1997 murder case.

Byron R. Case, 22, of Kansas City, Mo., was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Anastasia E. WitbolsFeugen, 18, in October 1997.

Anastasia WitbolsFeugen, murder victim "There is no doubt in my mind that I would see this day," WitbolsFeugen's father, Bob WitbolsFeugen, said. Robert WitbolsFeugen, Anastasia's father

An officer on routine patrol found WitbolsFeugen's body in Lincoln Cemetery. An autopsy revealed that she died of a gunshot wound to the face.

According to court documents, in September 2000, an acquaintance of WitbolsFeugen contacted Jackson County prosecutors and told them that she was present when her then-boyfriend, Case, shot and killed WitbolsFeugen.

She said that she, Case and WitbolsFeugen's boyfriend, Justin Bruton, were on their way to see the victim when the two men apparently said that they planned to kill WitbolsFeugen.

Just days after WitbolsFeugen's body was found, Bruton, who had told authorities that he got out of the car before WitbolsFeugen was killed, was found dead of a gunshot wound in nearby Johnson County, Kan.

WitbolsFeugen's father never believed the official theory that her boyfriend killed her.

Family and friends of WitbolsFeugen raised $10,000 reward fund for information leading to an arrest in her case.

"We know that in this case, a witness's information has led to this point. We want to encourage people that know anything about crimes when they take place to step forward," the victim's father said.

If you have more information on this case, call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.

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