Chris Bartholomew 5 Year Memorial Press Release

CUE Center for Missing Persons
P.O. Box 12714             
Wilmington, N.C. 28411        
(910) 343-1131       
Monica Caison
(910) 232-1687



Memorial and Balloon Release to Honor Chris Bartholomew
Organizers hope memorial will bring new information for this unsolved case.

North Kansas City, MO – Chris Bartholomew was an ambitious young man who dreamed of becoming a police officer. On May 20, 2007, a senseless act not only cut Chris’ hopes and dreams short — it cut his life short. Five years later his family is still looking for justice.

After five years, investigators are still unclear as to what happened the night of Chris’ murder.  Chris and his friends had been out a local night spot in the Kansas City area.  It is believed that Chris was caught in the cross fire during a gunfight that Chris had nothing to do with.  Unfortunately, there are few clues to help police identify the shooters, and even worse, Chris died as a result of his injuries.

On Monday May 28th, Chris will be honored with a memorial service and balloon release.  The service will be held at 1:00pm at the Children’s Fountain located at North Oak Trafficway and 9 Highway (32nd Street).  Organizers are providing balloons, but ask that the community also bring balloons to the event.  For more details on how you can help with the event, please contact Misty Kirwan 816-305-6893.

Police say there were four cars involved in the shooting.  The first one was a Dodge Charger, whose occupants have been identified. Investigators now want to know who was inside the other three cars: a 2003 Isuzu Rodeo, a 2007 Pontiac G6 and a brown car, which police believes was filled with people aligned with the passengers of the Dodge Charger.

Unfortunately, because so many people were involved in the fight and so many guns were being fired, it has been difficult for investigators to prosecute this case. Organizers are hoping that Chris’ memorial will revive an interest in his case and bring forth new information from the public.

If anyone has information please contact the CUE Center for Missing Persons directly at (910) 343- 1131, at the 24 hour tip line (910) 232-1687, visit, or contact
Detective Danny Phillips of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department at (816) 234-5362.
or the Tips Hot Line 816-474-TIPS

About CUE
CUE Founder Monica Caison, who has dedicated her life to the plight of missing people and their loved ones; Mrs. Caison became a tireless advocate for the missing after being exposed to the families of missing persons at least three times before she was 25 years old. In 1994, she founded the non-profit (Community United Effort), known as the CUE Center, which is focused on finding the missing, advocating for their causes, and supporting their families. Since its inception, CUE has helped more than 9,000 families in what is often the most confusing and desperate times of their lives. The non-profit CUE Center is funded entirely by donations, and staffed by dedicated volunteers.

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