Shelayah Renee Gonzalez
Gonzalez, approximately 2005
Date reported missing : 07/16/2005
Missing location (approx) :
Brooklyn, New York
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 06/23/1984 (37)
Age at the time of disappearance: 21 years old
Height / Weight : 5'4, 118 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A black shirt, a blue denim miniskirt, black flip-flops, a silver ring with musical notes on her right ring finger and a gold ring with a sapphire on her left middle finger. Carrying a small black handbag with a silver "S"
Medical conditions : Gonzalez has an unspecified medical condition.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Gonzalez's upper teeth on the sides of her jaw are slightly crooked. She has pierced ears, small brown freckles on her face and a tattoo of the word "drip" on the front of her upper left thigh. Gonzalez wears clear contact lenses.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Gonzalez was last seen at approximately 4:00 p.m. on July 16, 2005 at her residence in the 1100 block of Winthrop Street in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. She has never been heard from again.
Gonzalez disappeared less than a month after her two-year-old son died. Few details are available in her case.
Other information and links : ncy
New York Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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October 12, 2004. September 28, 2020; two pictures added.
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