Search for missing Richardson woman continues
Vigil set for tonight at N. Dallas church
03:27 PM CDT on Tuesday, September 28, 2004
By APRIL KINSER / DallasNews.com
While friends and family members continued to hold out hope for the safe return of a missing Richardson woman, a dog searched unsuccessfully for her Tuesday in two areas of Dallas.
An FBI cadaver dog was brought in to search the Cambridge Square Apartments in East Dallas and an area near Interstate 30 and Samuell Boulevard where a Dallas County constable found her abandoned 1998 Ford Escort.
Sources told WFAA-TV that Shirley Marie Geanes, 40, might have known someone who lives at the apartment complex where dogs searched. Sgt. Gil Cerda said the apartment complex is near where the car was found.
Shirley Geanes Geanes, 40, disappeared Wednesday somewhere between Rowlett and Coppell, where she cleaned homes for the business she shares with her husband, Sam.
Sam Geanes, 41, called Richardson police late Wednesday when his wife didn’t come home after cleaning a Rowlett house. A day later, her car was found with the back windshield broken in with the keys still in the ignition. Her purse with identification, tire rims and a vacuum cleaner were missing.
A police source said there was a bullet hole in the vehicle.
Roderick Caraway, Shirley’s 25-year-old son, said he believes someone tried to make the crime scene look like a robbery.
“I think she was driven there by someone or someone asked her to meet them there,” he said. “I think she’s hurt or too weak, that she’s laying there and can’t help herself.”
Cerda said Dallas and Richardson police investigators were continuing to work on the case and were hoping someone could call with a sighting.
A close friend of Shirley Geanes’ said Monday she last spoke to her about two weeks ago, but they usually chatted at least two to three times a week.
“Everything was fine when we spoke,” Regina Mobley said.
Mobley said the Geaneses argued about “normal things” such as “life in general” and their financial situation because the cleaning business was understaffed and the two sometimes worked long hours.
But she described their relationship as loving.
“In the past they have had some problems, but they have always worked them through,” she said. “Family is the most important thing for Shirley. She loves her son. He is the most important thing in her life.”
Sam Geanes had said Monday the couple were both on their third marriage and Shirley had a 16-year-old son from a previous relationship who lived with them. Caraway said it was his mother’s first marriage; state records appear to confirm Caraway’s account. He also noted that he and a 20-year-old daughter were born from previous relationships.
Sam Geanes could not be reached for comment Tuesday on the discrepancies.
“Wherever she’s at, she just needs to hold on and keep praying,” Caraway said. “I know she’s scared. I love her and I miss her. We all love her and miss her.”
Members of the Geaneses’ church, St. Paul A.M.E. in North Dallas, had scheduled a 7 p.m. Tuesday vigil for the missing woman at the church, 12230 Coit Road.
Police described Geanes as 5 feet, 4 inches tall, with black hair and brown eyes. Her husband said Geanes more recently wore her hair in thick braids with reddish cornrows on the side and wrapped in a bun on the top.
WFAA-TV’s Rebecca Lopez contributed to this report.