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    IL - Tanya Shannon reported missing after car accident that left husband dead

    Tanya Shannon, a 40-year-old mother of four, has been missing since Sunday. Authorities concluded a ground search for her yesterday after searching since Sunday. Dec. 5, 2010
    Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Tanya Shannon should call the sheriff’s office at (815) 433-2161.








    The map includes:
    Streator – Location of Party. Tanya and Dale left the party between 12:30-12:45AM.
    Accident Site – Approximate – Not Confirmed. Normal driving time from party to crash site would be approximately 30 min, making the crash time approximately 1:00-1:15AM (driving time may have been impacted by weather). Deputy discovered car at approximately 1:45AM.
    Seneca – Dale’s Sister’s House. Approxmately 6 mi from crash site. The site at link says Tanya and Dale were on their way to Dale’s sister’s house in Seneca.
    Ransom – Tanya and Dale’s house. Approximately 6 mi from crash site.
    Google Map by: cloudajo
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    12/06/2010

    Woman missing after fatal accident near Seneca
    Police in LaSalle County are back on the scene, a second day, to search for a woman missing after a car accident that killed her husband.
    Family members are on the scene as well, hoping to find her.
    "We're holding out every ounce of hope we have, just to hope for a safe return for the kids," Donna Baker told WGN-TV's Judy Wang. Baker is Dale Shannon's sister.
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    Wife missing after crash that killed husband
    A car crashed in the middle of the night. One person was found dead. But another disappeared.
    A mother of four is missing. The only trace police have of Tanya Shannon are footprints in the snow that lead away from a deadly car crash that killed her husband.
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    Missing womans footprints in snow by car crash that killed husband
    Police are investigating the mysterious disappearance of a woman from a car
    accident in Illinois that left her husband dead.
    Dale Shannon, 41, was killed when his car crashed on Sunday near Seneca, about 80 miles from Chicago on his way back from a Christmas party.
    His 40-year-old wife Tanya was in the car with him at the time of the accident - but she has mysteriously disappeared
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    12/07/2010

    Search continues for missing woman after car crash
    LaSalle County authorities plan to resume searching this morning for a woman who might have survived a fatal crash that killed her husband.
    Sheriff Thomas Templeton says the search for 40-year-old Tanya M. Shannon of Ransom will resume at 9 a.m.
    Shannon was believed to be riding with her husband when their car crashed about six miles from their home after they left a holiday party early Sunday morning.
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    Search resumes for woman missing after fatal crash
    About 50 people are searching an area in rural LaSalle County for a woman who vanished after a car crash that killed her husband.
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    Sheriff on search: We can't keep these people out there
    LaSalle County authorities continued to search this afternoon for the woman who apparently walked away from a car crash that killed her husband early Sunday but said they weren't sure how long they would continue.
    "We have to make a decision," said Sheriff Tom Templeton. "We can't keep these people out there going over the same ground over and over again."
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    Crews search for mother missing since crash killed husband; tracks led away from car
    After three days of scouring in the frigid cold, investigators have turned up very few clues in their search for the northern Illinois mother of four who has vanished since a weekend car crash that killed her husband.
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    Donations for children of missing mom
    A search team of more than 50 people and two police dogs came up with nothing after spending the entire day in the cold looking for a woman who went missing after a car accident that killed her husband.
    Investigators say they did not find a single clue.
    The missing woman leaves behind four children.
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    Search on for mom who vanished from crash scene
    After three days of scouring in the frigid cold, investigators have turned up very few clues in their search for the northern Illinois mother of four who has vanished since a weekend car crash that killed her husband.
    The only hints of Tanya Shannon since a deputy found the wreck early Sunday have been a set of foot prints in the snow leading away from the site of crash, a slipper and the description of the last thing she was seen wearing: a red dress at a holiday party the couple left after midnight.
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    Woman vanishes leaving behind footsteps

    An Illinois mother of four vanished into thin air on Saturday, leaving behind nothing but a trail of footsteps in the snow at the scene of a car crash that killed her husband.
    Tanya Shannon, 40, was last seen dancing with her husband Dale at a Christmas party over the weekend.
    The couple, married for 20 years with four daughters, seemed in good spirits that night, relatives said.
    "They were dancing together, really cutting up a rug," Dale's sister Donna Baker told the Chicago Tribune. "Both left the party arm in arm."
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    12/08/2010

    Clues in mom's disappearance include slipper
    The clues surrounding Tanya Shannon sound like the makings of a fairytale: a red dress, a lone slipper, footprints in the snow. For friends and relatives of the northern Illinois mother of four, who vanished after a weekend car crash killed her husband, they're the makings of a nightmare.
    Shannon was last seen leaving a friend's holiday party in her red dress and was believed to be riding with her husband when their car crashed a short time later as it snowed. A deputy found the wreck along a well-traveled stretch of highway early Sunday — 41-year-old Dale Shannon was dead behind the wheel and footprints led away from the car.
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    Investigators look to cell phone in missing woman case
    The search for Tanya Shannon has been suspended for “probably the next several days,” says LaSalle County Sheriff Tom Templeton.
    Templeton says authorities are hoping the weather improves and there’s a snow melt that would make the search easier.
    In the meantime, he says, officials are looking for Dale Shannon’s cell phone. The coroner of LaSalle County says Shannon died of a broken neck early Sunday morning when the car he was in hit a utility pole.
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    Car crash victim lost in snow near Chicago

    IT is the mystery disappearance that has police baffled and a family struggling to come to terms with a double tragedy.
    Police yesterday continued their search through deep snow for a woman not seen since a car crash that killed her husband.
    Their only clue - footprints in the snow beside the wreck.
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    Dale Shannon suffered spinal injury
    Autopsy results show Dale Shannon of Ransom died from a neck injury in a Sunday morning traffic crash, from which his wife disappeared.
    La Salle County Coroner Jody Bernard said Wednesday morning Dale Shannon died from a broken neck, consistent with the vehicle hitting a utility pole. The middle rear of his Dodge Neon struck the wooden pole along the snow-packed Grand Ridge-Mazon Blacktop near the Exelon nuclear plant, crumpling the trunk.
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    Sheriff releases photos of missing mom, crash scene
    La Salle County Sheriff’s Office has released a number of photos regarding the disappearance of Tanya Shannon.
    Some of the photos are of the early Sunday morning crash that left her husband, Dale Shannon, 41, of Ransom dead from spinal injuries he sustained when the car left the road and struck a utility pole, according to La Salle County Coroner’s Office. Other photos are of Tanya Shannon at various occasions.
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    Sheriff pledges Shannon will be found
    La Salle County Sheriff Tom Templeton is as baffled as anyone by the disappearance of Tanya Shannon in rural Grand Ridge.
    The sheriff insisted, however, his department would not give up on the case until Shannon is found.
    "It is my sole focus right now," he said.
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    12/09/2010

    12/09/2010
    Small town rallies for missing mom's four girls
    Plastic jugs draped with a picture of four smiling Shannon daughters and messages about their plight rest along the bar at neighboring taverns in tiny Ransom.
    The girls, ages 4 to 15, lost their father in a car crash Sunday in rural LaSalle County. Their mother apparently walked away and vanished, leaving behind only a slipper in a snowy footprint.
    A three-day search for Tanya Shannon through miles of icy farm fields has yielded few clues. Police suspended the search Tuesday evening to wait for the ground to thaw, which might not happen until early next week, LaSalle County Sheriff Tom Templeton said today.
    The case continues to baffle authorities and relatives. They say Tanya Shannon, 40, never would have disappeared or not contacted her family. Police haven't ruled out that she might have been picked up.
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    Search for Tanya Shannon pictures

    Investigators seek answers
    Airplane. Helicopter. Thermal imaging. Dogs. People on foot and on ATVs. All searching around the car crash site for Tanya Shannon. And nothing found, says Sheriff Tom Templeton.
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    12/10/2010
    Party photagrahpher remembers the Shannon's as 'happy and in love'
    Saturday night, at a company Christmas party in Streator, Tanya Shannon, escorted by her husband, Dale, was described as "beautiful" and "stunning" in her floor length red gown by the official photographer working the event that evening.
    Judy Casper of Melvin took the digital image now seen by millions of the Shannons smiling together in front of holiday trees at the Streator Knights of Columbus hall. Only hours later, in rural Ransom, Dale was killed in a car accident after which Tanya, a mother of four, disappeared.
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    Search for Tanya could resume Friday
    The search of the snow-covered ground was halted Tuesday evening.
    Now, with the weather warming up, LaSalle County Sheriff Tom Templeton hopes to resume the search Friday, with the coordinator of the search bringing in several canine crews.
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    Tanya Shannon search resumes
    A northern Illinois woman is still missing after an automobile accident claimed the life of her husband. Tanya Shannon, 40, is believed to have tried to get help for her husband who died behind the wheel of the couple's vehicle according to the News-Tribune of La Salle, Illinois.
    The only lead so far is a slipper in the snow and footprints leading away from the accident scene. Snow has been melting today so the search can resume after being suspended at night because of the cold.
    A county sheriff's deputy came upon the wreck which is believed to have happened last weekend and Shannon hasn't be found since she left to get help. Frigid overnight temperatures have left little hope in finding her alive states a report on CBS News.
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    12/11/2010

    Search resumes for missing woman
    With a slight temperature warmup Friday, the search for Tanya Shannon of Ransom, who's been missing since Sunday, resumed on the ground, in the air, and by additional K-9 units from as far away as Wisconsin.
    More than 40 people — 10 from the La Salle County Ground Search and Rescue team returned to retrace their snowy steps over the area near the Exelon Nuclear facility in Brookfield Township Friday. The area was previously examined Sunday, Monday and Tuesday by a total of more than 170 trained volunteers and professionals. Shannon, the mother of four daughters, has been missing since a Sunday morning single-car crash that killed her husband, Dale.
    As of press time Friday night, no trace of Tanya had been discovered.
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    12/12/2010

    Tanya Shannon leaves scene of accident where husband was killed remains missing
    A woman and her husband were in a car accident that killed the husband; the woman vanished after walking away from the vehicle.
    The scene was a freezing, snowy night and a couple married 20 years driving home from a friend's party. On the way home they were involved in a car accident that killed Tanya Shannon's husband, Dale Shannon.
    Their small community of 450 is devastated, as are the couple's four daughters, ages 4 to 15. They are all holding out hope that Tanya will be found alive. The community is trying to raise money for the couple's four daugthers.
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    12/14/2010

    Missing woman: Nine days and still no clues
    Christmas is but 10 days away and four young girls from Ransom face the prospect of spending the holiday without their dad, Dale Shannon.
    And with each passing day the prospect that their mother, Tanya Shannon, will be there at Christmas fades into the snow-blown fields of southeastern La Salle County.
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    12/15/2010

    Search on hold for missing woman after fatal crash
    The search for a Ransom woman who disappeared after a fatal crash last week remains on hold.
    Forty-year-old Tanya Shannon has been missing since Dec. 5. That's when authorities found the car she was believed to be riding in with her husband when their car crashed after they left a holiday party.
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    12/16/2010

    Coroner: IL. man killed in crash legally drunk
    A LaSalle County man who died in a car crash that's left his wife missing was drunk behind the wheel.
    The LaSalle County Coroner's office says 41-year-old Dale Shannon of Ransom had a blood-alcohol level of 0.266.
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    Records show missing mom filed for divorce
    Court records show that a missing LaSalle County woman had filed for divorce from her late husband, but officials say her husband was never served the divorce papers.
    Tanya Shannon, 40, disappeared December 5. Investigators think she and her husband were driving home from a holiday party when their car crashed. Dale Shannon died.
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    Toxicology report released in fatal crash case
    Dale Shannon, the Ransom man killed in a single-vehicle crash outside Grand Ridge Dec. 5, had a blood alcohol concentration of .266, more than three times the state's legal limit, according to a toxicology report released Thursday.
    The BAC level contradicts earlier reports from family and friends that Dale was not drinking that night. Shannon's wife, Tanya, was believed to be in the vehicle with Dale Shannon at the time of the crash, but she has yet to be found.
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    Snow predictions once again halt search for missing IL. woman
    Authorities had hoped warmer weather would melt some of the ice and snow hampering their search for the 40-year-old Ransom, Ill. mother who may have walked away from a fatal early morning car accident Dec. 5.
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    12/17/2010

    Missing woman's husband was drunk when accident occured
    It has been 12 days since a woman from LaSalle County disappeared after her husband crashed their car into a light pole.
    The county coroner announced that Dale Shannon, who died in the crash, had been driving drunk.
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    Dale Shannon, missing woman Tanya Shannon's husband was drunk in fatal crash
    Chicago - A toxicology report reveals that a LaSalle County man was drunk behind the wheel before a crash that led to his death and his wife's disappearance .
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    Shannon case: Judge grants guardianship
    A Seneca woman and a Chatsworth man, brother and sister of Dale Shannon of Ransom, have been appointed guardians of the four children left without parents following Dale's death in car crash Dec. 5. outside Grand Ridge. Their mother, Tanya, disappeared from the scene and has yet to be found.
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    12/23/2010

    Relatives gain guardianship of missing mom's children
    The sister and brother of a Ransom man killed in a Dec. 5 accident — from which a passenger, the man’s wife, remains missing — have been awarded temporary custody of four children.
    Donna M. Baker and Duane A. Shannon were granted co-guardianship of the daughters of Dale and Tanya Shannon in a Tuesday hearing in La Salle County Circuit Court, according to court records.
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    12/29/2010

    Sheriff watching weather before deciding to resume search
    Authorities in LaSalle County are hoping unseasonably warm weather will allow them to continue their search for a 40-year-old woman who's been missing since a car crash that killed her husband.
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    Case of missing woman reamains mystery
    La Salle County Sheriff Tom Templeton has never had another case like that of the Ransom woman who is still missing, presumably somewhere in Brookfield Township.
    “It’s my first case that’s this much of a mystery,” the veteran lawman said Tuesday of Tanya Shannon, 41, who disappeared almost a month ago after her husband — with whom she was apparently riding with — was killed when his car went off the road and slammed into a utility pole in Brookfield Township.
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    12/29/2010 Update...

    Police set to resume search for car crash victim
    If the weather warms up as expected, police might resume their search next week for a missing LaSalle County woman who vanished this month amid miles of icy, snow-covered fields.
    "We're preparing to get going if in fact the weather gives us a break," LaSalle County Sheriff Tom Templeton said.
    He added the weather would have to be warm for at least a few days for authorities to resume their search for Tanya Shannon, a mother of four.
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    Warm weather may help in search for missing woman
    Authorities in LaSalle County are hoping unseasonably warm weather will allow them to continue their search for a 40-year-old woman who has been missing since a car crash that killed her husband early this month.
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    12/31/2010

    Search teams look for missing mom
    Search teams in LaSalle County were out Friday looking for a woman who has been missing since a car crash that killed her husband earlier this month.

    Authorities hoped the warmer temperatures might help them find Tanya Shannon.
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    1/01/2011

    Search for missing LaSalle Woman continues
    The LaSalle County Sheriffs department says the recent warm weather will allow them to resume the search for the woman who disappeared after a car accident that killed her husband.
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    1/02/2011

    Search to resume Monday for missing woman

    The search will resume Monday for a 40-year-old Ransom woman who went missing in early December after a car crash killed her husband.

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    Body found in LaSalle County search for woman
    Searchers looking for a woman missing after an auto crash a month ago reportedly have found a body, but at this point there is no confirmation that it is that of the woman.
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    Body found in LaSalle County during search
    A body was found Monday morning during a search in LaSalle County for a missing woman from Ransom, Ill.
    The body was found in a red dress in an open field. Authorities could not immediately confirm whether it was the body of Tanya Shannon, 40.
    Shannon she disappeared nearly a month ago, following a car crash that killed her husband.
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    The Sheriff is certain that the remains belong to Tanya Shannon.

    Not only does the clothing match what she was last seen wearing, but her purse was found near the remains.

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    1/03/2011 Update...

    Missing womans body found
    Authorities in LaSalle County said they've found the body of Tanya Shannon. The mother of four went missing early last month after a one-car crash that killed her husband.
    The body, clad in what appeared to be a red dress, was found a short distance from the spot where Shannon's husband was found dead behind the wheel of their car.
    "We have identified her as Tanya Shannon based on the physical description as well as the description of the clothing she was wearing the night that she disappeared," said LaSalle County Coroner Judy Bernard.
    An autopsy will likely be performed Wednesday.

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    Body of missing woman Tanya Shannon found in field
    Police in Illinois have found the body of a woman who disappeared from the scene of a December 5 car crash that killed her husband.
    Tanya Shannon, 40, apparently wandered off after her husband Dale Shannon crashed their car on Dec. 5. Her body was discovered Monday in an open field in Brookfield Township approximately three-quarters of a mile from the crash site, police said.
    An autopsy has been scheduled for later this week.
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    Body of missing woman found weeks after rural crash
    For nearly a month, residents in the tiny town of Ransom have speculated about the disappearance of Tanya Shannon.
    Early on the morning of Dec. 5, with temperatures in the single digits, the 40-year-old woman apparently walked away from a rural car crash that killed her husband, Dale. The only clues were a slipper found near the wreck and a footprint in the snow.
    "There are car wrecks all the time. But the disappearance, that flabbergasted us," said Jerry Yedinak, who owns a bar in Ransom. "We wondered 'How could this be? What could have happened?'"
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    01/06/2011

    Coroner: Cold exposer killed missing Illinois mom
    A mother who was missing for weeks after fleeing a car crash that killed her husband in northern Illinois died from exposure to the cold.
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