College student from Wichita disappears in Kansas City

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Friends and family gathered Thursday evening to pray for a missing Wichita woman.

Tears were shed as the group huddled around a cross at Risen Savior Lutheran Church. 

Toni Anderson's childhood friend told KAKE News she's confused and frustrated because they don't have any answers on Anderson's whereabouts.

"There's so many possibilities," Jessica Elting said.

The search for Anderson continued Thursday in Kansas City, where Anderson was supposed to begin spring semester classes at UMKC. ABC affiliate KMBC reported Anderson's boyfriend has begun a "Bring Toni Home" hashtag campaign on social media in her behalf. Anderson has not been seen since early Sunday.


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Missing persons' posters for Wichita native and Kansas City college student Toni Anderson have flooded social media. It's those posters her distraught parents are asking people to check closely.

"Please, please. I just ask you please try to find my baby," Liz Anderson pleaded Tuesday. "She was an outstanding student, and an athlete."

Toni Anderson, 20, was getting ready to start classes again at UMKC. KAKE News confirmed Tuesday night she was a Wichita East High School graduate, and attended Wichita State for a short time.

"It's a situation we never would have imagined finding ourselves in 24 hours ago," said Toni's father, Brian Anderson.

Brian said his daughter went missing early Sunday morning. "She had her classes lined up, her itinerary all set-up. Everything was in her apartment, and she was ready to start school again [Tuesday]."

Anderson's parents said Toni was driving a black 2014 Ford Focus. She was last seen using a QuikTrip ATM on 31st Street at Southwest Boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri around 4:30 a.m.

"No one has seen or heard from her since," said Brian.

Anderson's parents' worry is growing by the minute. "We're not holding up," said Toni's mom.

The family noted Toni never goes more than a day without checking in.

Anderson's parents have learned from a friend that Toni was pulled over and let go in North Kansas City, before stopping at the QuikTrip where she was last seen.

Toni's phone was still connected to the T-Mobile network until around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, before going dark.

Kansas City police are investigating Toni's disappearance. Police are expected to subpoena Toni's phone records. Her car also has a GPS tracker. Family members hope that information could help find her.

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