Clay County Investigative Squad examines Excelsior Springs kidnapping case

Oct. 20, 2022

This page contains all of the official information released by law enforcement regarding the investigation of kidnapping, rape and sexual assault discovered Oct. 7 at 301 Old Orchard St., Excelsior Springs, Mo. The investigation is being led by the Excelsior Springs, Missouri, Police Department with assistance from the Clay County Investigative Squad.

Timothy Haslett, Jr., 39, has been charged in the case and remains in the Clay County Detention Center. 

The newest information is posted first.

Oct. 17, 2022

In regard to the ongoing criminal investigation and criminal charges filed against Timothy M. Haslett, Jr., the Excelsior Springs Police Department has activated the Clay County Investigative Squad (CCIS) Task Force.

The Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional entity composed of members from multiple municipal law enforcement organizations within Clay County, as well as members of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and the Clay County Prosecutor’s Office.

We have checked with law enforcement agencies in the Kansas City metropolitan area and there are no current missing persons reports that correspond with the evidence examined so far in this investigation.

If anyone has information regarding this case that can further the investigation, please call the Excelsior Springs Police Department at 816-629-7108, or if you would like to remain anonymous, please contact the Greater KC Crime Stoppers/Tips Hotline at 816 474-TIPS or at https://kccrimestoppers.com.

Mr. Haslett remains in the Clay County Detention Center on charges of rape, assault and kidnapping. He has been assigned a public defender.

Oct. 9, 2022

Update regarding the search warrant service at 301 Old Orchard: Numerous items have been recovered from the residence, and the process of examining and evaluating those items will begin this week to determine if any other crimes have been committed.

We appreciate the community’s patience and support during the search warrant process. The roadways surrounding the residence have been reopened.

Oct. 8, 2022

While Mr. Haslett has been arrested and charged, this is still an active investigation, and additional charges could be forthcoming if evidence of additional crimes is uncovered.

At this time, we do not have any updates regarding the status of the investigation. There are numerous items in the residence that have to be sorted through and it is a slow, painstaking process. We are very appreciative of the assistance we have received from the Kansas City Missouri Police Department’s Crime Scene Investigation Unit. The Excelsior Springs Police Department also is very appreciative of the support they have received from the Excelsior Springs community.

The victim has been treated and released from a local hospital.

Oct. 7, 2022

2:23 p.m.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is assisting the Excelsior Springs, Missouri, Police Department with a reported kidnapping and sexual assault investigation in the 300 block of Old Orchard. A woman reported to Excelsior Springs Police at 7:47 a.m. today that she had been held against her will and sexually assaulted.

ESPD worked with Clay County Sheriff’s investigators to take a potential suspect into custody. Police are awaiting a search warrant.

There are rumors on social media that there are additional deceased victims. There is no evidence of that at this time.

4 p.m.
Police have the warrant and are searching the home and property. The search could last into the evening. Kansas City Missouri Police Departments CSI Unit is processing the scene.

9:15 p.m.
Timothy Haslett Jr., age 39, of Excelsior Springs has now been charged with 1st degree rape, 1st degree kidnapping and 2nd degree assault in this incident. No deceased individuals were located at his home.

Suspect Timothy Haslett Jr.