A mid-Missouri trooper has been named the Missouri State Employee of the Month for March because of her investigation following the discovery of two young girls walking along a Cole County highway in October 2018.
Trooper Ashley Klempke’s investigation led to criminal charges against both parents after the girl’s reports of abuse were validated by medial evaluations, forensic interviews and multiple search warrants.
According to the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Klempke insisted on a through investigation when other agencies were focused on returning the children to the parents.
Her work led to the removal of 6 children from the home.
Klempke has been with the Highway Patrol since 2011.