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    MI - Shiawassee Co., WhtFem, 17-18, possibly named Shelly or Michelle, 1988

    Shelly or Michelle......(Last Name not known)
    Classification: Missing (alegedly murdered) Shiawassee County, Michigan 1988

    Vital Statistics
    Description: White Female
    Age: About 17 or 18 at the time
    Birthdate: About 1970 or 71 (* note correction)
    Height: About 5 foot 6 inches
    Weight: About 140 Pounds
    Hair: Sandy Brown, shoulder length
    Eyes: Wore glasses.

    The Shiawassee County (Michigan) Sheriff's Department and the FBI searched property on Middleton Road near Hickory St. on Thursday June 10, 2004 for the body of a woman killed in 1988.

    According to a statement released by the sheriff's department, investigators got the information from a convicted murderer but had not found the body as of Thursday.Investigators said they are not releasing the name of the suspect in this case, even though he already has been convicted in one homicide, in order to protect his family from embarrassment and keep his cooperation.

    They are looking for a white woman about 17 or 18 years old who was 5-foot-6-inches tall and weighed 140 pounds. Sheriff Jon Wilson said her name may have been Shelly or Michelle. She had shoulder-length sandy brown hair and wore large pink frame glasses, according to the statement from the inmate.

    She was described as having frequented the TapRoom Bar (old Owosso Hotel) in Owosso and spent time at Henderson Park. She may have been employed for a time by a business in the "Dutchtown" area of Owosso, in the neighborhood of Chipman and Stewart streets. The victim was said to have spent time with people who drove muscle cars or "high rise" four-wheel drive pickups.

    Anyone who has information about this case is asked to call Detective Sgt. David Kirk at (989) 743-2202, ext. 2224.
    Last edited by Richard; 11-12-2005 at 01:50 PM. Reason: Incorrect birthdate estimate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard
    Shelly or Michelle......(Last Name not known)
    Classification: Missing (alegedly murdered) Shiawassee County, Michigan 1988

    Investigators said they are not releasing the name of the suspect in this case, even though he already has been convicted in one homicide, in order to protect his family from embarrassment and keep his cooperation.
    ? He's only a convicted murderer, wouldn't want to offend him...Also wouldn't want anyone who knew him and this girl to come forward...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard
    Shelly or Michelle......(Last Name not known)
    Classification: Missing (alegedly murdered) Shiawassee County, Michigan 1988

    Vital Statistics
    Description: White Female
    Age: About 17 or 18 at the time
    Birthdate: About 1960 or 61
    These dates don't make sense. If she was born in 1960, she would have been 27 or 28 when she was murdered.

    Hoppy

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    Can't find any missing person of this description on either the doe network or on NCMEC. Any other databases someone could suggest checking?

    Hoppy

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    Maybe the state databases...From MI and surrounding states working outward. Unfortunately, Canada doesn't seem to have any really good databases of missing persons. News archives might also reveal some possible matches.

    That date discrepancy is huge...Maybe a misprint?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard
    Shelly or Michelle......(Last Name not known)
    Classification: Missing (alegedly murdered) Shiawassee County, Michigan 1988

    Vital Statistics
    Description: White Female
    Age: About 17 or 18 at the time
    Birthdate: About 1960 or 61
    Height: About 5 foot 6 inches
    Weight: About 140 Pounds
    Hair: Sandy Brown, shoulder length
    Eyes: Wore glasses.

    The Shiawassee County (Michigan) Sheriff's Department and the FBI searched property on Middleton Road near Hickory St. on Thursday June 10, 2004 for the body of a woman killed in 1988.

    According to a statement released by the sheriff's department, investigators got the information from a convicted murderer but had not found the body as of Thursday.Investigators said they are not releasing the name of the suspect in this case, even though he already has been convicted in one homicide, in order to protect his family from embarrassment and keep his cooperation.

    They are looking for a white woman about 17 or 18 years old who was 5-foot-6-inches tall and weighed 140 pounds. Sheriff Jon Wilson said her name may have been Shelly or Michelle. She had shoulder-length sandy brown hair and wore large pink frame glasses, according to the statement from the inmate.

    She was described as having frequented the TapRoom Bar (old Owosso Hotel) in Owosso and spent time at Henderson Park. She may have been employed for a time by a business in the "Dutchtown" area of Owosso, in the neighborhood of Chipman and Stewart streets. The victim was said to have spent time with people who drove muscle cars or "high rise" four-wheel drive pickups.

    Anyone who has information about this case is asked to call Detective Sgt. David Kirk at (989) 743-2202, ext. 2224.
    Where did you get this information from? Knowing your source will help us find even more information.

    Hoppy

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    If she was only 17 or 18, how could she frequent a bar? Legal drinking age in Michigan is 21. Somethings either not right with the dates or her age is wrong. Legal drinking age was lowered in 1973 to 18, but went back to 21 in 1976. I was 18 when it was lowered.

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    Birthdate correction

    Quote Originally Posted by hoppyfrog
    These dates don't make sense. If she was born in 1960, she would have been 27 or 28 when she was murdered.

    Hoppy
    You are absolutely correct. I made the mistake when transcribing the information. It should read "About 1970 or 71", and I emphasize "About" because it is only an estimate based to the convicts guess of her age being beteen 17 and 18 at the time (1988). Please note that I have made a correction to my origional post.

    The basic information in my post came from a website about unsolved crimes in Shiawassee County, Michigan. I copied it about a year ago to one of my files, and inadvertantly left out the link to the actual site. I found it when searching for information about another unsolved murder (which occurred in 1970). Finding nothing on the case I was researching, I contacted the website owner and asked if he knew anything about it. He had never heard of it, and I was unable to learn anything more about it.

    This case, however, caught my attention and I attempted to match it with missing person cases in the Doenetwork and NCMEC. I found one that seemed to fit in some ways, but it had a major age and date conflict. Here is a link to that case file. Any thoughts?

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    Aundria Michelle Bowman
    Missing since March 11, 1989 from Holland, Ottawa County, Michigan.
    Classification: Endangered Missing Vital Statistics
    Date Of Birth: June 23, 1974
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 14 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'5; 115 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; green eyes. She may have bleached her hair blonde.
    Marks, Scars: She has peirced ears.
    AKA: Alex; Alexis
    Dentals: Partial dental records available

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Bowman ran away from a youth home on March 11, 1989. She has never been seen or heard from again. Bowman is adopted.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning Bowman's whereabouts, please contact:
    Allegan County Sheriff's Department
    Missing Persons Unit
    616-673-5441

    NCIC Number: M-414252008
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    The Doe Network: Case File 184DFMI

    Link:
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/184dfmi.html
    Last edited by Cubby; 01-09-2011 at 11:05 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard
    You are absolutely correct. I made the mistake when transcribing the information. It should read "About 1970 or 71", and I emphasize "About" because it is only an estimate based to the convicts guess of her age being beteen 17 and 18 at the time (1988). Please note that I have made a correction to my origional post.

    The basic information in my post came from a website about unsolved crimes in Shiawassee County, Michigan. I copied it about a year ago to one of my files, and inadvertantly left out the link to the actual site. I found it when searching for information about another unsolved murder (which occurred in 1970). Finding nothing on the case I was researching, I contacted the website owner and asked if he knew anything about it. He had never heard of it, and I was unable to learn anything more about it.

    This case, however, caught my attention and I attempted to match it with missing person cases in the Doenetwork and NCMEC. I found one that seemed to fit in some ways, but it had a major age and date conflict. Here is a link to that case file. Any thoughts?

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    Aundria Michelle Bowman
    Missing since March 11, 1989 from Holland, Ottawa County, Michigan.
    Classification: Endangered Missing Vital Statistics
    Date Of Birth: June 23, 1974
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 14 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'5; 115 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; green eyes. She may have bleached her hair blonde.
    Marks, Scars: She has peirced ears.
    AKA: Alex; Alexis
    Dentals: Partial dental records available

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Bowman ran away from a youth home on March 11, 1989. She has never been seen or heard from again. Bowman is adopted.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning Bowman's whereabouts, please contact:
    Allegan County Sheriff's Department
    Missing Persons Unit
    616-673-5441

    NCIC Number: M-414252008
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    The Doe Network: Case File 184DFMI

    Link:
    http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/184dfmi.html
    I tend to doubt it's a match. The weight, dates and ages, nicknames, and glasses don't seem to match. I realize some discrepancies are normal, but these seem to be too many. Anyone else have any thoughts?

    Hoppy

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    Quote Originally Posted by SadieMae
    If she was only 17 or 18, how could she frequent a bar? Legal drinking age in Michigan is 21. Somethings either not right with the dates or her age is wrong. Legal drinking age was lowered in 1973 to 18, but went back to 21 in 1976. I was 18 when it was lowered.
    A lot depends on the establishment. I didn't frequent bars, but was buying hard liquor at the age of 19 yrs. (law said 21). It requires the vigilance of the bar employees to card customers. Some do and some don't. Esp. if they have an "introduction" by a regular customer.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    I'm originally from Owosso, but had moved away by the time of this case. Interesting. Didn't realize Owosso had a Dutchtown section, and I don't remember a Henderson Park. I do remember though a high school friend who frequented the bars downtown, and managed to get alcohol while still in high school. My Dad got her thrown out of one bar because he knew she was a minor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoppyfrog
    I tend to doubt it's a match. The weight, dates and ages, nicknames, and glasses don't seem to match. I realize some discrepancies are normal, but these seem to be too many. Anyone else have any thoughts?
    Hoppy
    I agree that there are numerous discrepancies, but remember that the source of the information in my first post was a convict in prison who was recalling everything from memory some 15 plus years later. It might be easy for him to be a year or two off in relating the case. Also, he may not have known the girl's exact age, height, or weight. And, if the girl was a run-away, she might not have been using her previous nicknames. Michelle was Aundria Bowman's middle name. I have not seen or heard of any updates to this story.

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    bumping case up. Has anyone heard any updates on this investigation?

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    bumping...

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    The Tap Room was a bar, they had the bar section and on the other side of the building they had another section with a seperate door for minors to hang out, there was no alcohol aloud in this part. I hung out at this place during the time in 1988. Dutch Town is the west side of Owosso. I remember people also hanging out at Henderson Park, this is just north of Owosso, it's a very small town with only one small store. If this girl did exist she may have went to Owosso High School. I will look in the year books. I do not remember a girl being reported missing from Owosso at that time. Owosso is a small town also, however today there's at least 13-15 thousand persons. I remember going to the area when they were digging on North Hickory st. and asking questions. I had thought it might have been my missing Mom, Diana Harris. She was from owosso, but moved to the Florida Keys before disappearing in 1981, so I knew it was not likely to be her. I will ask around and see what I can find out.

    Christine

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