Gary James Shanley
Shanley, approximately 2006
Date reported missing : 11/23/2006
Missing location (approx) :
East St. Louis, Illinois
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 06/21/1979 (42)
Age at the time of disappearance: 27 years old
Height / Weight : 5'8, 175 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Possibly a t-shirt, blue jeans, black sneakers and a flannel jacket.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Black hair, hazel eyes. Shanley wore a reddish-black goatee at the time of his November 2006 disappearance. His right ear is pierced and his left ear is double-pierced. He has a scar on his left thumb. Shanley has the following tattoos: the letters "GFID" above a red heart pierced by a knife, the name "Zander" and the date "07/04/03" on his chest, a skull with blue flames on his right leg, a very detailed knife extending from the crease of his right elbow down to his wrist, and a Chinese good luck symbol in black ink on his right bicep.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Shanley was last seen at approximately 1:30 a.m. on November 23, 2006 at the Double Deuce bar in the vicinity of Falling Springs and Mildred Avenue in East St. Louis, Illinois. He has never been heard from again.
After his disappearance, his jeans were found on the floor of the apartment he had just moved into, with the belt still in the loops. Shanley's money, cellular phone and identification card were on a table and his older model maroon Sonoma pickup truck was in the parking lot, but his wallet and keys were missing.
Shanley's loved ones stated it appeared as if he had stopped by his apartment to change clothes, then left it shortly afterwards.
At the time of his disappearance, Shanley had no credit cards and only a couple of dollars in his bank account. He made his living doing odd jobs.
He had a job scheduled for November 26 that would have earned him $200, but he never showed up for work. He had a regular routine he stuck to, and rarely traveled anywhere.
He also missed his family's Thanksgiving celebration on November 25, and a custody hearing scheduled for December 4. His mother stated it was extremely uncharacteristic of Shanley to miss the hearing. His case remains unsolved. Cahokia, Illinois police are investigating.
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September 2021 updates and sources
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