Body con­tin­ues

LAU­REN KIDD • Slain 21-year-old re­mem­bered as a de­voted friend, mom

Tulsa World - - Metro&region - By Har­ri­son Grim­wood

Lau­ren Kidd was sup­posed to color her daugh­ter's hair for Hal­loween on the night her fam­ily dis­cov­ered she was miss­ing.

Kidd, 21, was go­ing to color her 3-year-old daugh­ter's hair pink so she could be Pinkie Pie, a My Lit­tle Pony char­ac­ter, for a trick-or-treat­ing event in down­town Bro­ken Ar­row.

Kidd's ma­ter­nal in­stinct ex­tended be­yond her own daugh­ter, as her mother, Christa Kidd, said she felt the need to care for ev­ery­one.

“I al­ways thought it was over­whelm­ing, ... but it didn't mat­ter, she needed to help. She needed to be there for her friends,” Christa Kidd said.

Lau­ren had the habit of talk­ing friends and ac­quain­tances through tough times, through sui­ci­dal thoughts or just through life's prob­lems, she said.

Lau­ren was last seen Oct. 27, the day she was sup­posed to go trick-or-treat­ing with her daugh­ter. Kon­ner James Brun­ner, 22, was later ar­rested on al­le­ga­tions he fa­tally shot Lau­ren in the pas­sen­ger seat of his Dodge Dart. Christa said Lau­ren had known Brun­ner since high school, and they had an on-again, off-again re­la­tion­ship.

Brun­ner al­legedly aban­doned her body near 51st Street and 145th East Av­enue, but no ev­i­dence was found there. In­ves­ti­ga­tors de­ter­mined that a red sub­stance re­cov­ered from Brun­ner's pas­sen­ger seat was hu­man blood.

Christa said the fam­ily re­al­ized Lau­ren was miss­ing when she didn't show up to take her daugh­ter trick-or-treat­ing. They traced her time­line back to Brun­ner, she said. Brun­ner re­port­edly aided in the search for Lau­ren be­fore an ac­quain­tance re­ported see­ing blood in his car.

Brun­ner has since been charged with first-de­gree mur­der. In­ves­ti­ga­tors have not been able to lo­cate Lau­ren's body.

Lau­ren's daugh­ter does not know yet her mother was killed, Christa said.

“We don't re­ally have an end of the story,” Christa said. “We

Lau­ren Kidd

wanted to get fam­ily and talk to (Lau­ren's daugh­ter).”

Christa said the fam­ily has gone through old pho­to­graphs and videos of Lau­ren. She said they want to put to­gether a col­lec­tion so the 3-year-old daugh­ter, Ad­di­son, could know later in life who her mother was.

“She al­ways made time for her friends,” Christa said. “Any time any­body needed any­thing, she was there to help them out, whether she was able or not.”

Those pho­to­graphs show horse­back rid­ing, fun at the lake, mu­sic, camp­ing and “hang­ing out with friends, like all nor­mal teens.”

Lau­ren had while she was still a se­nior in high school. She still grad­u­ated, Christa said, and spent the next two years at home with Ad­di­son.

“She was very strong­willed,” Christa said. “She loved spend­ing time with (Ad­di­son).”

Lau­ren's fam­ily has set up a memo­rial fund in her name at Tulsa Teach­ers Credit Union, where do­na­tions can be made for a memo­rial. Any leftover funds will go into a trust fund for Ad­di­son, Christa said.

No ser­vices have been set for Lau­ren Kidd as the search for her body con­tin­ues. Bro­ken Ar­row po­lice on Thurs­day searched near a pa­per mill, where her body may have ar­rived af­ter re­port­edly be­ing dumped in a re­cy­cle bin, with­out re­sult. Those with in­for­ma­tion on the pos­si­ble where­abouts of Lau­ren Kidd's body may con­tact Crime Stop­pers by phone at 918-596-COPS (2677).

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