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Cape Coral man wants answers after mom found dead in Vegas weeks after she went missing

Posted at 10:43 PM, Jul 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-15 06:29:26-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Henderson Police found Juliane Kellner - a mother of three - dead in a Vegas apartment weeks after she went missing.

Kellner’s son Brandon Wilt said investigators learned his mom had been meeting with a guy she met on the dating site Plenty of Fish. Her car was found parked in front of the address linked to that man on June 30th. A couple days after her roommate last saw her.

But Wilt said police didn’t search the apartment and find Kellner’s body until July 10th. “There’s no reason she should’ve sat in that apartment for that many days when there was so many people that cared for her and was pushing for them to go in that apartment,” he said.

Henderson Police said in a press release they found Kellner’s body and a man’s body inside a home in Henderson, Nevada. Both had died from gunshot wounds. They said they’re investigating Kellner and the man’s death as a murder-suicide. They have not released the name of the deceased man because his next of kin have not been notified yet.

Wilt said in the midst of the devastating news, he felt an outpour of appreciation from Kellner’s new friends in Vegas after her death. “I’ve gotten so many people that have messaged me or called and just told me that my mom truly changed their lives,” she said.

Wilt called his mom a survivor.

In a YouTube video from earlier this year, Kellner motivated women. She shared her journey of human trafficking and drug addition. “My parents…turned me into one of the 40 million children that are sold into sexual slavery every year,” she said in the YouTube video.

Wilt said she moved to Vegas last year and got her life on track. He said he was so proud of her. “She was just doing so well in life that we thought it was the right idea for her to stay,” he said.

So, he said he knew something was wrong when friends hadn’t seen her for a few days and she didn’t show up for work July 1st. “This is not like her, she wouldn’t just disappear. She would not run away,” he said.

His wife Billie-Jean Wilt agreed. “Even if she had relapsed, she wouldn’t have just disappeared like that,” she said.

Kellner’s family has started a GoFundMe to help with memorial services here.