The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that the ongoing investigation into the death of a 15-year-old Willard girl might have originated in Dallas County. The body of Khighla Parks was found about a week ago floating in Truman Lake. DNA tests confirmed the body was that of Parks. She was last seen in the Buffalo area on the 20th of September. Investigators believe Parks’ body was put into the lake after she had been killed.

Press Release:

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office has found their investigation regarding the Khighla Parks homicide transitioning to the Dallas County area.

The ongoing investigation, being jointly conducted by Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Greene County Sheriff’s Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol, has led investigators to believe details leading to the death of Khighla Parks may have taken place in the Dallas County area.

Investigators earlier verified the identity of the body located in Truman Lake as Khighla Parks through DNA analysis. Reports showed Khighla was reported missing from the Springfield Missouri area on September 20th of 2012.

It has been determined Khighla had been transported to Truman Lake where, after her death, her body was placed into lake.

Recent information suggests Khighla Parks has been last seen in the Buffalo area prior to her death, and investigators believe activity which took place in the Buffalo area may have lead to the death of Khighla Parks.

If you have information regarind the disappearance or death of Khighla Parks, please contact one of the following agencies:

Benton County Sheriff’s Office @ 660-438-5252
Dallas County Sheriff’s Office @ 417-345-8207
Buffalo Police Department @ 417-345-8207
Greene County Sheriff’s Office @ 417-868-4040
Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop A @ 816-622-0800
Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D @ 417-895-6868
Crime Stoppers @ 417-869-TIPS (8477)