UPDATE: Law enforcement officials conduct search in north Joplin for Hardee


JOPLIN, Mo – Law enforcement officials will conduct an on-foot search for Leora Hardee in parts of north Joplin.

The FBI, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, the Carthage Police Department, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited kids will help aid the search.

The Joplin Police Department are also releasing a video message from Hardee’s grandmother.

Anyone with any information are encouraged to call the Joplin Police Department at 417-623-3131.


JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin Police Dept. enlists the help of multiple agencies, including the FBI, to aid in the search for a missing teen.

14-year-old Leora Hardee went missing on September 17th from the area of D and N. Wall Ave. in Joplin.

She is 5′ 1″, has sandy brown hair, green eyes, wears glasses and may have a medical condition that requires some medication.

The FBI is lending resources to JPD along with the Jasper and Newton County Sheriff’s offices.Missing teen

Webb City and Carthage PD is also assisting along with the Jasper County Prosecuting office and the Ozark Drug Enforcement Team.

This is an active investigation and police are canvassing neighborhoods hoping to follow up on any leads.

“With every passing minute, it becomes concerning. Obviously you wanna find a missing child as quickly as possible and with each day that passes, it stretches out the investigation and we are pouring every available resource we have in here to try and find her,” said Capt. William Davis with JPD.

Investigators are asking that anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Leora Hardee reach out to the Joplin Police Dept. at 417-623-3131.