Shawn Eric Spencer
Spencer, approximately 2006; David Smith
Date reported missing : 04/04/2006
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 08/07/1979 (41)
Age at the time of disappearance: 26 years old
Height / Weight : 5'10 - 6'0, 150 - 165 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A white t-shirt and cut-off blue jeans.
Medical conditions : Spencer suffers from asthma. He is allergic to iodine and seafood.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Blond hair, brown eyes. Spencer has acne scars on his face and back and an appendectomy scar on his abdomen. He has previously broken his clavicle and has also had hernia surgery. Spencer has numerous tattoos on both arms and legs, including a two-inch black 8-ball with a red alien behind it on his shoulder blade, a Jester with a skull face on his upper arm, and mechanical parts on his lower leg.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Spencer was last seen in Camdenton, Missouri on April 4, 2006. He was working in the food service industry at the time. His dog, a Rottweiler/Bullmastiff mix, disappeared with him. Spencer has never been heard from again.
His mother didn't report him missing until April 18, 2007 because he had previously dropped out of sight for months at a time. He has previously resided in California and worked in convenience stores, as an auto detailer and as a laborer. Spencer's family stated he loved animals and would sometimes go without food so his pets could eat.
In June 2015, David W. Smith was arrested and charged with Spencer's murder. A photo of Smith is posted withÂ this case summary. The police got a break in the investigation when Smith's wife, his former roommate, and associate of Smith's named Jake East gave statements to them about the homicide.
The witnesses said Spencer and East had gone to Smith's home to sell him marijuana, but the deal went bad and Smith shot Spencer to death with a .38 special, ripped his teeth out, and dismembered and burned the body.
In November 2016, Smith pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and abandonment of a corpse in Spencer's case. He was sentenced to nineteen years in prison.
Authorities don't believe they will be able to recover Spencer's remains. Foul play is suspected in his case due to the circumstances involved.
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