Police are receiving harsh criticism for what some are saying is a rushed, bare-bones investigation regarding the death of Asia Maynard. The 29-year-old, mother of four was found dead at the home of her date Isaiah James Crown, whom she met online.
Tera Maynard, Asia’s sister shared with Fox4,
She called me Friday at 10:30 or 11 o’clock and said, hey, I met a new friend. I’m going on a date I’ll come by tomorrow.
That would be the last time Tera heard from her sister.
After Friday she never called. She never showed up and that’s not like her. So, another day goes by. I said something’s not right. It’s not sitting right with my spirit.
Asia’s family would not be notified about her death until after they tried to report her missing. Officers initially told them nothing of the tragic death of Asia. Tera called Kansas City PD to file a missing person’s report.
Tera Maynard said investigators told her she would probably be fine and that they would get in touch soon. The family would later find out the unthinkable, that police knew they’d recovered Asia’s body and failed to notify them.
In a story eerily similar to the death of Lauren Smith-Fields, Isaiah James called officers after he says he found Asia unresponsive early morning on February 19. And just like Lauren’s case, Kansas City PD failed to notify the family when they identified the body through fingerprints.
Though they had yet to get an official cause of death from the coroner, Kansas City PD said there was no sign of foul play and that no further investigation is warranted.
Asia’s family is understandably heartbroken. They shared that once they viewed Asia’s body at the funeral home, they were convinced that the authorities were wrong about her cause of death.
Asia’s mother stated,
When she got to the funeral home and we viewed her body she had blood in her eyes and her ears and her clothes were saturated with blood.
In an interview with The Kansas City Defender, Asia's family tearfully shared that they feel Kansas City PD has botched this investigation.
The family states,
I just want justice done if he did it. Please in the name of Jesus I know God saw everything and we want people to listen to us.
In their quest for answers, the family has started a GoFundMe campaign to ascertain funds to pay for legal representation and an independent investigation. If you would like to contribute you can visit their page here. Pictures of the possible assailant can be found here.