Man Charged With Killing 2 NW Missouri Sisters

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A man high on methamphetamine was
charged Monday with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths
of two sisters whose bodies were found in a field in northwest
Missouri, an official said. 

Platte County Attorney Eric Zahnd says 31-year-old Clifford D. Miller of Trimble, Mo., was charged Monday in the deaths of 19-year-old Britny Haarup and 22-year-old Ashley Key on Friday. The women’s bodies were found late Sunday near Trimble in Clinton County, Sheriff Richard Anderson said.

The women were killed in Haarup’s home in Edgerton, 35 miles north of Kansas City, and their bodies were dumped in a nearby field, Anderson said.

They were reported missing Friday after Haarup’s fiance, Matt Meyers, found his 6- and 18-month old daughters alone but unhurt at the home they shared in Edgerton, about 35 miles north of Kansas City. A truck missing from the home was found parked on a gravel road Saturday, prompting authorities to search the surrounding fields.

Miller of Trimble, Mo., was high on methamphetamine when he went to Haarup’s home Friday with the intent of having sex with her, Anderson said. Miller and Haarup had never had a sexual relationship but he was attracted to her, Anderson said.

Miller didn’t know Key was staying with her sister and was surprised to find her sleeping on the couch. When Key confronted him, Miller beat her and then smothered her with a pillow. He then decided he had to also kill Haarup, Anderson said, and hit her on her head while she was sleeping, then smothered her. Miller put one of the children in another bedroom with the other child and then smoked more methamphetamine before leaving in a pickup truck parked at the house, Anderson said. He later dumped the women’s bodies at a farm in Clinton County, where they were discovered Sunday night.

A tip that Miller was trying to sell guns taken from Haarup’s home led authorities to him later Sunday. He admitted to the killings and told police where the bodies could be found, the sheriff said.

Miller is being held on a $500,000 cash-only bond.

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