Missing teen's remains found in Reno County

RENO COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) The Reno County Sheriff's Office says the remains of a missing teen were found on rural farm property north of Haven.


The sheriff's office says the landowner found the remains while working on their property Saturday.

Deputies arrived to find the remains and other items at the scene which appeared to be that of a female.

The remains were transported to the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center for identification.

On Monday, March 5, a Pathologist with the Forensic Science Center, advised Reno County Authorities the remains had been positively identified by dental records as Laura Lee Dorey, 17 years of age of Haven Kansas.

Her cause of death is still under investigation.

Laura was reported as a missing person by her family on June 13, 2017.

Eyewitness News spoke to several of Laura's friends Wednesday. They describe the teen as funny, competitive, ambitious, and caring.

"She was just so unique and artistic and funny," said Samara Maple, a friend of Laura's. "There wasn't a person like her."

Others say she made an impact on their life by encouraging them to be the best versions of themselves.

"No matter what kind of day she was having, her main goal was just to make others feel better," explained Destiny Ewing, another friend of Laura's.

None of her friends or family heard from the teen since she went missing in June 2017. Some even thought she left the state and might return when she turned 18-years-old.

Advocates running the Justice for Laura Dorey Facebook page say when Dorey went missing she was not immediately listed as "endangered."

Jessia Newman-Hoyt, an admin for the page, says that needs to change.

"These children don't meet amber alerts requirements," said Newman-Hoyt in an interview Wednesday. "How do you alert people, how do you let them know these are missing?"

She started an online petition demanding change for all missing children to be labeled as "endangered."

"If they are a child and their family does not know where they are at, they are endangered," said Newman-Hoyt. "That is all there is to it."