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Last man to see missing woman in court Tuesday

By Yona Gavino. CREATED Nov 5, 2013 - UPDATED: Nov 5, 2013

MILWAUKEE - She’s been missing for over three weeks. So what happened to Kelly Dwyer?  The man believed to be the last person to see her appeared in court Tuesday - for a completely different case. Kelly’s uncle was there and was deeply concerned.

Her Uncle John drove from Chicago early Tuesday morning to at court. He’s still holding onto hope that Kelly will be found. But he tells TODAY’S TMJ4, that hope is fading.

Kris Zocco still hasn’t  been charged with the disappearance of Kelly Dwyer. While her uncle doesn’t think he’s involved, he does think he may know something.  Police believe Kris Zocco may have been the last person to see Kelly before she disappeared.  

"I've been to the building and talked to security,” explains her uncle, John Van Leur. “It doesn't show her leaving alive, deceased, or knocked out. They don't see it on any of the cameras."

When police searched Zocco's apartment for any signs of Kelly, court documents show they found child pornography.

Zocco is now charged with 17 counts of possession of child porn.  He’s also charged with keeping a drug house.  His attorney asked the court to reduce his bond Tuesday.  But the Assistant DA said half a million dollars is appropriate.

“Perhaps he had absolutely nothing to do with her disappearance,” noted the Assistant DA. “But there are a number of concerning and suspicious factors.”

In the end, Zocco pleaded not guilty.  And the judge kept his bail at $250,000. Kelly’s uncle is happy with that news.

“You have to go on with your life. But it's very difficult - very emotional. Every time the telephone rings, you cringe, because you don't know what's going to be at the other end of the line,” says her uncle.

If Kris Zocco is released, he has to surrender his passport and is not allowed to leave the state of Wisconsin for any reason.

Yona Gavino

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Yona joined TODAY'S TMJ4 as a general assignment reporter in April 2013. Before moving to MIlwaukee, Yona spent two and a half years as a reporter at the NBC affiliate in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.