Shirley Joann Banning
Shirley, approximately 1975; Undated photo of Alex Banning
Date reported missing : 05/23/1975
Missing location (approx) :
Broken Bow, Oklahoma
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 09/13/1938 (82)
Age at the time of disappearance: 36 years old
Height / Weight : 5'9, 160 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Gray hair, hazel eyes. Some Age at the time of disappearance: ncies refer to Shirley as Shirley Snow. She may go by her middle name, Joann. She wears eyeglasses.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Shirley was last seen in Broken Bow, Oklahoma on May 23, 1975. She spoke to her sister on the phone and said was leaving on a trip with her boyfriend, Alex "Ace" Banning Sr. Shirley has never been heard from again. Her yellow 1967 Opal Kadet was found abandoned in the parking lot of the Hilton Inn. Inside were some undergarments, two pairs of shoes, and some flowers Shirley had planned to place on graves for Memorial Day.
Alex had a history of abusive behavior towards Shirley and his ex-wife says he abused her also. Shirley allegedly told her sister that if she ever disappeared, Alex had probably murdered her. Authorities have long considered Alex a suspect in Shirley's case, but no charges were filed against him. He died of a heart attack in 1993, while in prison for an unrelated rape. A photo of him is posted with this case summary.
Shirley has never been found. An informant told police Alex had killed her because she was going to reveal incriminating information about one of his family members. Her body may have been dumped in a well in Etna, Arkansas, on property owned by Alex's family.
Other information and links : ncy
Tulsa County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The Doe Network
Interactive Missing Person Search Map