Man, High on Meth, Confesses to Killing Missing Missouri Women

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Sarah Clark, reporting

PLATTE COUNTY, Mo., — First-degree murder charges have been filed in the deaths of two missing Edgerton, Mo., women.

On Monday, Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd announced Clifford D. Miller, 31, was charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Ashley Key, 22, and her half-sister Britny Haarup, 19.

During a news conference, Platte County Sheriff Richard Anderson became emotional when relaying Miller’s confession. Anderson said Miller told police he was high on meth when he went to Haarup’s home in the early morning hours on Friday, July 13. According to Anderson, Miller said he entered the home around sunup with the intention to have sex with Haarup. The pair had not been intimate before, but Miller said he found Briny attractive and wanted to have sex with her.

When Miller entered the home he said he was surprised to find Haarup’s half-sister, Ashley Key, asleep on the couch. Miller said Key “challenged” him and asked him why he was in the home. Miller told police he didn’t want Key to tell on him for being in the home so he hit her. Click here to read the full story from our sister station WDAF in Kansas City, Mo.

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