On June 2, 2007, Kelsey was abducted in broad daylight from a local department store. About 3 hours later her car was found in the mall parking lot. Surveillance video eventually revealed Kelsey purchasing a gift, walking out to her car and then her abduction. Family and friends began to search for her and to put flyers up. The effort to find Kelsey grew so large the volunteers became known as "Kelsey’s Army. On June 6, 2007, Kelsey’s body was found. Forensic evidence revealed that she was sexually assaulted and strangled to death. She had graduated from high school just 9 days before being murdered. The person accused was arrested the same day. On July 23, 2008, Kelsey’s killer pled GUILTY to all four charges of kidnapping, rape, sodomy and capital murder. On September 16, 2009, he was sentenced to life in prison without any chance of parole. He is institionalized in the El Dorado Correctional Facility in Kansas.
Beyond local Kansas City news coverage, Kelsey’s disappearance and murder received prominent national media attention, due in large part to her parents, Greg and Missey Smith. Greg has 17 years of law enforcement experience and was a police officer at the time of her abduction. On July 7, 2007, they established the Kelsey Smith Foundation to honor their daughter by empowering families, friends, and communities to proactively protect one of its most precious resources, namely its youth and young adults.
In October 2007, only 4 short months after Kelsey's abduction and death, the 1st Annual Kelsey Smith Charity Golf Classic was held. On July 21st, 2014 Falcon Ridge Golf Club will host the 8th Annual Tournament. In four years the Annual Golf Tournament has raised over $165,000 helping the Smith family achieve amazing results with the Kelsey Smith Foundation and Kelsey's Army.
Please visit the Kelsey Smith Foundation website at www.kelseysarmy.org to learn more about the amazing things that have been accomplished by the Smith family and this organization.