Shope, approximately 1991
Date reported missing : 12/05/1991
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 30 years old
Height / Weight : 5'8 - 6'0, 135 - 150 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Blond hair, hazel eyes. Shope has tattoos.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Shope was last seen by his parents in Nevada, Ohio on December 5, 1991, shortly before they left for Kentucky. He and his parents ran a trucking firm together at the time.
His ex-girlfriend stated he got into the backseat of a car with a man and two women and never returned, but Shope's mother doesn't believe he would have gotten into a vehicle with anyone he didn't know. Shope has never been heard from again. His motorcycle was left behind when he vanished. His case remains unsolved.
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Wyandot County Sheriff's Office
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