EU graduate, former Afton cop charged with Missouri murders
KANSAS CITY (MCT) — Paige Hueser had stared at the police sketch for months.
It was the face of the man a witness had seen walking from her mother's south Kansas City house in October 2011, after leaving 75-year-old Nina Whitney dead at the bottom of some stairs. She had been sexually assaulted, stabbed 22 times and strangled.
Hueser focused on the man's cropped hair and oval glasses.
"Do I know anyone who looks like this?" she asked herself, never finding an answer.
In late May, as she drove along U.S. Highway 71, she glanced up at a billboard bearing a large version of the sketch and noticed something she hadn't before.
"That chin," she said. "It hit me like a bolt of lightning."
It reminded her of a former boyfriend from the late 1980s — former Grandview, Mo., police officer Jeffrey D. Moreland.
According to Internet records, Moreland was a 1977 graduate of East Union High School. Afton city records indicate Moreland was also a former Afton police officer. He was hired as a part-time police officer effective August 1980. His resignation was accepted Jan. 8, 1981.