October 26, 2021

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Teenager leads police to dismembered human remains at Missouri home of accused child molester

Teenage girl leads police to dismembered human remains in Kansas after she claims a man, 40, who sexually assaulted her also told her he killed a woman

  • Police found human remains buried on property near Kansas City, Missouri 
  • Property belongs to Michael Hendricks, 40, who faces charges related to child sex abuse along with his girlfriend, Maggie Ybarra, 30 
  • Teenage victim of the couple’s alleged molestation led police to the body after claiming Ybarra told her Hendricks had choked a woman to death 
  • Girl said she was told Hendricks put the body in a freezer, then dismembered it and buried it 
  • Teen was allegedly shown photos of naked, bound and gagged woman, and of a dismembered body 
  • The girl accused Hendricks of molesting her and telling her ‘it turned him on when people died’

Police were led to a woman’s dismembered remains buried on the property of a home in Missouri by a teenage girl who has accused the homeowner of sexual abuse.

The teenager told police she learned that 40-year-old Michael Hendricks had killed a woman and hid her body. She also was shown photos of a woman’s dismembered body, the girl told investigators.

Independence police announced Wednesday that they found human remains on the property in the 4000 block of South Buckner-Tarsney Road near Grain Valley amid a missing person investigation. Investigators have not identified the remains and declined to identify the missing person.

Maggie Ybarra, 30

Michael Hendricks, 40 (left), faces charges related to child abuse along with his girlfriend, Maggie Ybarra, 30 (right). On Wednesday, police unearthed human remains on Hendricks’ property in rural Missouri 

The remains were found on the property in the 4000 block of South Buckner-Tarsney Road near Grain Valley amid a missing person investigation

The remains were found on the property in the 4000 block of South Buckner-Tarsney Road near Grain Valley amid a missing person investigation 

Officer John Syme, with the Independence Police Department, said once the body is positively identified, the case will be referred to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. 

Hendricks has not been charged in connection with the human remains, but he has been jailed on $500,000 bond stemming from accusations of sexually abusing the girl who reported the body to the police.

Hendrick’s girlfriend, 30-year-old Maggie Ybarra, faces the same charges as her boyfriend, including two counts of enticement or attempted enticement of a child less than 15 years old, third-degree child molestation of a child less than 14, two counts of first-degree sexual misconduct and four counts related to tampering with evidence.

The case began unfolding in April, when the unnamed teen, who is in the foster care system, told police that Ybarra had shown her photos on her phone depicting a naked, bound and gagged woman. 

Police were led to the scene by a teenage girl, who told them that she heard from Ybarra that Hendricks had choked a woman to death, dismembered her body and buried it

Police were led to the scene by a teenage girl, who told them that she heard from Ybarra that Hendricks had choked a woman to death, dismembered her body and buried it 

The body found near Grain Valley has not been identified and police have not named the missing person

The body found near Grain Valley has not been identified and police have not named the missing person 

Other images were said to have depicted dismembered human remains.  

Ybarra allegedly told the teen that she and Hendricks ‘killed the female and disposed of the body,’ according to a probable cause statement cited by KSHB.

The woman allegedly went on to reveal that she and her boyfriend were in a sexual relationship with the victim in the photos, and that Hendricks ‘choked her to death’ before stuffing her body in the freezer, then cutting it up and burying it.

Police have not revealed the exact nature of Ybarra’s relationship with the girl, but the court document stated that the teen was removed from her care as a child stemming from allegations of sexual abuse by one of the woman’s ex-boyfriends.

The teen reconnected with Ybarra last fall and began visiting her every week.

The girl claimed that Hendricks, the owner of a small aviation company, once kissed her on the knee in a sexual manner, and another time touched her inappropriately after Ybarra had her put on lingerie.

FBI agents are seen on the scene assisting with the investigation into the dismembered body

FBI agents are seen on the scene assisting with the investigation into the dismembered body 

On that occasion, the girl said Hendricks told her ‘it turned him on when people died’ as all three of them were in bed together watching a horror film.

Ybarra and Hendricks began having sex and asked the teen if she wanted to know what it felt like, according to the records. The next day, the woman allegedly told the girl she and Hendricks wanted to have a sexual relationship with her.

Hendricks and Ybarra are scheduled to appear in court on July 20 for a pre-trial hearing.

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