08-28-2009, 05:22 PM #1
PA - Toni Lee Sharpless, 29, Gladwyne, 23 Aug 2009 - Missing after house party
Police in West Brandywine Township, Pa. (Chester County) are looking for a woman who was last seen early Sunday morning.
West Brandywine police are asking for the publics help in finding 29-year-old Toni Sharpless of North Field Drive. Police say the woman was last seen in the area of Gladwyne, Montgomery County on Sunday around 3am at a house party.
She was driving her black 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix GT, with Pennsylvania tag DND-7772.
Sharpless is described as 5-feet-5-inches tall, with red hair and blue eyes. She weighs about 135 pounds and was last seen wearing a turquoise shirt with black tights and black sandals.
Anyone with information on the missing woman or her car is urged to call 911 or West Brandywine Police at 610-380-8201.
Photo at link: http://www.kyw1060.com/Brandywine--P...-Woman/5091791
08-28-2009, 05:27 PM #2
A text message to her 12-year-old daughter is the last communication anyone had with Toni Sharpless.
On Saturday night, the 29-year-old Sharpless and a female friend went to Ice Nightclub inside the Radisson Hotel in King of Prussia. The pair then went to G Lounge located at 17th and Chestnut Streets in Center.
After leaving the G Lounge, Sharpless and others went to a house party in Gladwyne.
At about 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, Sharpless sent to text message to her daughter, who was having trouble sleeping. The message did not indicate that there was anything wrong.
However, around the same time of sending the message, Sharpless apparently had some kind of disagreement with her female friend.
"I just know that she had left the party, according to the girl that was with her, and they got into a little tiff. She left the girl off somewhere down in that area and then she was heading home," Sharpless' mother Donna Knebel said.
08-28-2009, 06:14 PM #3
I guess I'm getting old...
She sure covered alot of territory before she disappeared.
Those two clubs, as depicted on their webpages, are almost sex clubs. Private "party" rooms etc. . IMHO, prudish as it may be, not appropriate for a young mom with responsibilities.
She could be almost anywhere, but wherever she is, I don't think she is alive and well.
08-28-2009, 06:34 PM #4
In regards to the lounges/clubs- I have a great friend in Philadelphia and I've been to G Lounge before (as weird as that is, lol) and it is NOT a sex club. It's the exact opposite. It's extremely sophisticated with awesome food and great VIP rooms. It's pretty popular among celebrity clientele. When it says private party rooms, it normally means for small get togethers with friends so you aren't mixed in with the general population of the clubgoers. For instance, when I went there we were there for my friends 25th birthday and a group of us rented one of the private VIP party rooms. It was a great night.
The point is..G Lounge is not a sex club in any way, shape or form. I'm not sure about the other club she went to.
08-28-2009, 06:56 PM #5
Ok. I'll take your word for it. Fat old lady like me wouldn't even be let in...LOL. Sure looks like she was hunting for something that night. I wonder if these clubs were places she had been before or was this a new adventure? I wish they would say what she and her friend fought about. Did someone want to go home and someone want to do something else? Was there an issue about who should be driving?
08-28-2009, 07:03 PM #6
This bit says her last call was from the Expressway:
That suggests, but doesn't prove, that she was headed home. There would be very few clubs open that late and no bars. She was either headed for home or some other place to sleep, I think.
08-28-2009, 09:47 PM #7
08-29-2009, 01:20 AM #8
Who get's out and walks the Schuylkill Expressway at 3am?
I'm a 6'2", 280lb guy and I certainly wouldn't.
I know it doesn't say specifically that she got out on the expressway, but that's what I took it to mean. If that's what the girl says happened, I don't buy it for a second.
I've got to take a closer look at the reports, I am sure I am missing a lot and getting things confused as i am half asleep here.
ETA - It says that she messaged her daughter around 3am from the expressway, and that around that same time she had a fight with her friend and the friend got out and walked. I need to find out where her friend was now supposedly walking to.
Last edited by A_Closer_Look; 08-29-2009 at 01:33 AM.
08-29-2009, 09:17 AM #9
The news reports are inconsistent and sloppy, as usual. If you read them all, then think about it, the logical result is this:
They left the house party
Toni was last SEEN on City Line Avenue. That is probably where the friend got out of the car. That would not be an unreasonable place for her to tell Toni to pull over - I'm out of here. Especially if she wanted to go back to the house party. Easy to get a cab on City Line. Or maybe she wanted to get a room at whatever that fancy hotel is there now. (Another Radisson? Can't remember...)
Just a couple minutes later, Toni sends a message to her daughter from the Expressway. I don't approve of texting while driving, but people do it all the time. If the friend left the car right before the interchange with the Expressway, the passage of time would have been just a minute or two. Toni also could have typed the text while pulled over to let the friend out, then hit the send button after she got moving again.
OR the tower that picked up the call can't tell precisely whether she was physically on the Expressway or City Line if she was right near the interchange. Maybe she sent the message while pulled over and the signal looks like it is from the Expressway.
08-29-2009, 09:49 AM #10
If she got on the Turnpike at Valley Forge and got off at Downingtown and took "the back roads" from there to her home, there are any number of nasty curves and steep wooded embankments that could have been a problem. I hope her friends and family have checked.
08-29-2009, 11:14 AM #11
08-29-2009, 11:16 AM #12
08-29-2009, 11:49 AM #13
Practically cowpaths in places. But a significant shortcut from the Turnpike to her home.
08-29-2009, 02:10 PM #14Part time Sleuther
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PA-Toni Lee Sharpless, missing from Gladwyn, 8/23/09
Toni Lee Sharpless, 29. Reported missing after attending a "house party" with a female friend and getting in her vehicle to go home. She's a nurse and the mother of a 12 year old daughter.
The article below has more information and a picture. If there is another thread on here, I apolgize. I did a quick look but didn't see anything.
08-29-2009, 07:47 PM #15
I actually cruised some of the parking lots of the corporate center near the Turnpike Interchange that I think she may have intended to use. Saw lots of places where a car could disappear into the underbrush, but there was no evidence of that, like tire tracks, or turf marks.
Been thinking about her all day.
My latest, saddest theory: something went bad at the "house party" or shortly after it. The "friend" is not telling the whole truth. Toni is in the trunk of her car in a part of Philadelphia (very near where she was last seen) where the locals don't want to snitch and won't say a peep about an abandoned car unless they believe a reward might be available. I'm afraid the people she met at G Lounge seemed like nice people, but at the house party one or more of them got predatory.
I suspect that this is the angle the police are following, and that we will not hear anything new until her car and body are found.
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