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  1. #1
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    Jul 2004

    MT - Shannon LaBau, 24, Helena, 23 Feb 1999

    As much as Sally hopes her son will be home this Christmas to celebrate the holiday season with his family, she says she’s being realistic about the situation.

    “It’s something we knew within a month after he disappeared — that he might be dead,” she said recently. “He’s not the kind, was never the kind, to walk away from something, especially his family.”

    Shannon, 24, disappeared from Helena on Feb. 23, 1999.

    According to his mother, Shannon’s plans that day were to catch a ride to Townsend with a friend, maybe buy a car, then return to Helena.

    A friend of Shannon’s told investigators he dropped Shannon off in downtown Helena that morning, and that was the last time anyone saw him.

    While Shannon’s mother doesn’t want to completely give up hope that her son will come home, alive and well, she also understands that Shannon has been gone for almost seven years. And she believes numerous factors about his disappearance don’t add up.

    For example, Shannon wore contact lenses and had an appointment with his eye doctor to renew his prescription. He never showed up.

    Shannon had money sitting in his bank account and paychecks waiting for him at work. He never collected them.

    Most important, however, Shannon had a young daughter waiting at home for his return. Jayden is still waiting.

    While Saindon worked Shannon’s case, he interviewed witnesses, retraced Shannon’s steps from the last several days he was in town, and even flew over several areas where tipsters thought Shannon’s remains might be located.

    A couple of years ago, K9 units visiting Helena for a training session scoured an area in the Spokane Hills for any sign of Shannon’s remains.

    Drysdale has continued to take calls from informants — he said he’s seen an increase in those types of contacts recently — and has followed the standard investigative methods to bring the case to a resolution.

    The detective said a number of people have called him about the case, but on more than one occasion, have failed to keep their appointments with him.

    “I think people have reservations (about talking about Shannon’s disappearance),” Drysdale said. “They’re scared.”

    Drysdale hopes the fact Shannon’s family is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person/s responsible for his disappearance will prompt people to volunteer information that would be helpful for his investigation.
    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?

    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

  2. #2
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    Dec 2005
    He has been added, in the last 30 days, to the National Center for Missing Adults. He is not on the Doe Network:

    For photo go to link here:

    Name: Shannon Clair LaBau
    Classification: Endangered Missing Adult
    Date of Birth: 1975-10-31
    Date Missing: 1999-02-23
    From City/State: Helena, MT

    Missing From (Country): USA

    Age at Time of Disappearance: 23
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Height: 75 inches
    Weight: 240 pounds
    Hair Color: Blonde
    Eye Color: Blue
    Complexion: Light

    Glasses/Contacts Description:
    Contacts clear in color.

    Identifying Characteristics:
    Previously pierced left ear, 1" vertical faint scar between eyes on forehead, tattoo of a black "dragon" on right upper arm (tattoo was not finished), mole on neck.

    Clothing: Usually wears T-shirts, blue jeans, athletic shoes, quilted flannel plaid jackets.

    Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. Shannon was last seen at approximately 9:00am in the vicinity of the 900 block of Kessler in Helena, MT. He was last seen with a male acquaintance in a red 1976 Chevy truck with MT Lic# 5T31420.

  3. #3
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    May 2005

    Eight Years Later, LaBau Still Missing

    The mystery of the disappearance of Shannon LaBau eight years ago today, his sister thinks, will likely be solved by science.

    In memory of her brother and in effort to help someday close the case, Kari Weber has helped create a scholarship fund, which will give preference to biology students.

    “Because in my mind, his case will be solved by forensics,” Weber said.

    Although his family has been hanging up posters and keeping LaBau’s name in the public’s minds since he disappeared on Feb. 23, 1999, they recently received added incentive to gain closure in the issue. His mother, Sally LaBau, has been diagnosed with cancer and will begin treatment within the next few weeks.

    Weber said the diagnosis has pushed her to set up the scholarship at Carroll College, where she works as an accountant, so her mother can see it come to fruition.

    Sally LaBau said although she hopes he is still alive, she would at least like to be able to bury her son.


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    Wenonah, NJ

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    For The Missing: Pacific Northwest

    Shannon LaBau has been missing from Montana for 12 years today.

    Charley Project - Shannon Clair LaBau - Helena MT, 1999

    ‎23-year-old Shannon LaBau was last seen in Helena, Montana on February 23, 1999. He told his mother he was going with a friend to Townsend, Montana and would be back later that day. The friend claims he dropped Shannon off back in Helena, but he has never been seen again.

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    Somber anniversary of Shannon Labau's disappearance

    Shannon LaBau of Helena was reported missing 13 years ago on this date, February 23rd.

    Family members and law enforcement officials believe he was killed.

    Shannon's sister Kari Weber said, "Its torture not knowing, you know, you get up every morning thinking, 'Are we going to find Shannon today?'"

    More: http://www.krtv.com/news/somber-anni...disappearance/

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    Oct 2013
    Quote Originally Posted by MagnoliaMountain View Post
    Bumping for Shannon.
    So who is this guy Shannon was with before he disappeared and why does this guy keep changing his story? Very suspect. I think Shannon was murdered...

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    Sadly it sounds like Shannon met with foul play...I just wish they would find his remains and his family could get closure after all those years.

  12. #12
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    Oct 2013
    Quote Originally Posted by MagnoliaMountain View Post
    Sadly it sounds like Shannon met with foul play...I just wish they would find his remains and his family could get closure after all those years.
    I wonder if this was related to drug dealing or gangs. Could Shannon have been involved in that kind of world but his family didn't know about it? Or perhaps someone wanted him to be involved in that world, but he didn't want to be? Who hated him in this town? Did he owe anyone money for any reason?

    Why did cops not follow up further with this sketchy guy who apparently saw him last? I wish people would put pressure on him. And clearly people in the town know more but don't wanna speak out, as evidenced by the cop saying people made appointments to speak with him and then didn't show up. perhaps shannon was killed by a drug kingpin or generally very powerful n'er do well in the town and everyone's terrified to speak out as much as they might want to, for fear of retribution.

    I wish someone familiar with the location and Shannon and this general situation would contribute.
    Last edited by leilarose68; 11-06-2013 at 10:48 PM.

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    Shannon has been missing for 15 years this month.

  14. #14
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    Apr 2011
    Quote Originally Posted by MagnoliaMountain View Post
    Shannon has been missing for 15 years this month.
    Did they ever say who the friend was he planned to meet?

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    Shannon's Charley profile has been updated, distinguishing characteristics and clothing/jewelry have been added.


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