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Title: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: Chris on September 24, 2007, 10:01:56 AM
Circumstances
Sheryl Sheppard has been missing under suspicious circumstances since January 2nd, 1998. Sheryl Sheppard was reported to have been dropped off in Niagara Falls by her fiance. She has not been heard from since.

The Hamilton Police Services Board is now offering a reward of ten thousand ($10,000.00) dollars, to be paid in Canadian funds, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for Sheryl Sheppards's disappearance. Claims will be recognized only when made in writing and final disbursement of the funds will be determined by the Chief of Police.

$10,000 Reward

For information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

The identify of any person supplying information shall be treated as strictly confidential.

Please forward all inquiries and information regarding this case to:

Hamilton Police
Major Crime Unit
Sgt Don Forgan
(905) 546-4067
http://www.hamiltonpolice.on.ca/HPS/CrimeFiles/Rewards/rewardssheppard.htm
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: Chris on February 03, 2008, 07:12:41 PM
Wow, lots of new STW cases are being added. I was not aware there were so many. It would seem very very likely there is a serial killer operating.
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: hardware on November 09, 2008, 01:32:31 AM
Sheryl Sheppard
Age: 29
DOB:
Missing
Date last seen: January 2, 1998
Location last seen: Niagara Falls, ON
Exotic dancer

Sheryl Sheppard - January 2, 1998 ? Age 29 ? Missing ? Niagara Falls ? Exotic dancer - Sheryl was reported missing when she didn't return to her home in Stoney Creek. She reportedly was to have danced the Friday evening, Jan. 2, at a strip club on Lundy's Lane, in Niagara Falls.

I remember helping out during the search for this missing women. I had a weird experience at the seach site 2 weeks prior while walking with be young son at the time. I was interviewed by the police and have always felt they did a terrible job in this case. I requested a few times to be contacted by the parents of this missing women in hopes of helping them in there search.  I suspect they weren't told or wrote me off as unreliable. 

**edited to fix quote
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: Chris on November 10, 2008, 12:55:04 AM
Wow, who did you tell that you wanted to speak to the familiy? What could you do to help?

By chance did you know the girl? There was a gay arrested recently for simular killings, it makes you wonder if they are related somehow?

By the way, how did the police decide to search a certain area?

Thakns
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: hardware on November 18, 2008, 01:33:27 AM
Wow, who did you tell that you wanted to speak to the family? What could you do to help?

By chance did you know the girl? There was a gay arrested recently for similar killings, it makes you wonder if they are related somehow?

By the way, how did the police decide to search a certain area?

Thakns
I requested  an  interview with the mother when i was interviewed by police.. Also I think it was childfind i requested too speak with the mother as well. They said it confidential and to protect the parent it couldn't happen. Also I was told by the women from childfind that the mother was very sick over all this and she wouldn't make that request. I never met the missing women or knew anything about her. I was out for a walk with my son in a remote area and something happened. It's a strange story in which a physic predicted and area where to search for the women and I was in that remote area on Jan 2.. I believe I have information that could of helped out. I could never imagine what it would be like to have your son or daughter missing and  there's no answers from anyone. It bothers me that I haven't been able to speak with the family and one day I hope i can do that and get this off my chest knowing i did all i can.   
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: Chris on November 19, 2008, 06:10:55 AM
Interesting. You got to admit, that might seem weird to the parents of this woman. What info do you think might be useful? Did you give that to the police?
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: hardware on November 22, 2008, 05:08:45 AM
Yeah it does seem weird i admit. I'm not a big believer in physics but something did happen that day. It was on a Monday which i think was jan 3 not the second which  i mentioned. It's a long story and I'm stilling willing to talk too the family memebers only. It's been over 10 years now. Alot of the time I don't even want to get involved as it has nothing to do with me. From what I've researched on the net I think they suspected her fiance had something to do with it. I quess he dropped her of in the falls and no body seen her since. I read they found him in a locker storage with the car running. Seems like a closed case and maybe it best to leave it closed. It just doesn't explain it to me.
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: Chris on November 23, 2008, 07:27:10 AM
Since it has been so long now, maybe contact the investigator in this case and try again. Who knows?

Why don't you want to tell the police what you want to say so they can pass it along?
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: hardware on November 24, 2008, 01:06:41 AM
I did tell the investigator and asked to pass it along and requested to talk with the parents. Like i said i think they did a terrible job on this case. Too much time has past and talking to the parents might not solve anything now. I just wanted to let them know about what happened that day in hopes it might explain some things in there daughters disappearance. I can't say anymore about it but if theres someone from the family who's interested in listening I'm willing to sit down with them in the company of the police if thats how it needs to be. I've tryed a few times now. Either they haven't told the parents or the parents feel I don't have anything that can help them. I don't know which. I can be reached here and will leave the door open for them.     
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: Chris on November 25, 2008, 03:03:11 PM
Well, maybe you should give it another shot and call there missing person number and see if you can talk to someone new. What ever it is you want to say, you should give it another shot for sure.
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: Adrian on November 29, 2008, 10:03:16 AM


Hi hardware, and welcome! I was going over threads, and came to this one. Thanks for coming here. I hope you get to talk to the family, and the cops. Together if need be.

Any new information would be good..

Take care, Adrian :)
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: hardware on December 04, 2008, 04:07:38 PM
I've been in contact with a Constable who came across this listing and I'm looking forward to sharing any information i can. Thanks for all who have replied.
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: Adrian on December 04, 2008, 04:32:38 PM


Good Luck hardware!

At least you can get this off your chest, and speak to someone whom is informed on the disappearance of Sheryl Sheppard.

I am happy you were contacted.
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: Chris on December 05, 2008, 01:14:18 AM
That is great news! Hey keep us up to date on this, i hope you can help them and this works out.
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: MissingYouSS on January 04, 2009, 08:00:10 PM
Its been 11 years and still nothing has been found
i am very close to this case, and i think about her every day
and she is sooo missed this year has been harder then many of the
others it really hits alot harder i mean 11 years any nothing
i can say this event has messed up my life lot its hurt me in
so many ways. and i think closure is needed. then maybe we could
all sleep better knowing what happened to her
sheryl i love you and you are missed so much you were taken way before your time
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: hardware on January 04, 2009, 11:16:27 PM
I haven't heard much from anybody.   
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: Silverdog on April 24, 2009, 09:52:44 PM
Is Sheryl missing or murdered? Or missing and presumed murdered? Just wondering, the subject says murder but has a body ever been found?
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: Chris on April 25, 2009, 01:29:48 AM
Missing, presumed murdered.
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: Chris on May 27, 2009, 02:42:42 AM
Hi hopeful, thanks for posting. I assume you knew Sheryl. I hope that you all get the answers you are looking for soon, the police are getting better and better at solving these old crimes and I have a feeling this one could be solved.
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: MissingYouSS on June 29, 2009, 02:09:22 AM
His poor children think sheryl is just gone & their dad had nothing to do with it..who would want to believe their own father would kill some one???
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First id like to assure you we dont just think shes gone we are very well aware of the fact that she is missing and our father
has been the main suspect for 11 and a half years but what ever happened to innocent until proven gulity, Now dont get me wrong i am well aware of the fact that he made himself to look guilty but its has effected us in ways you could never know!
Maybe thats why i didnt sleep alone till i was 16, maybe thats why i didnt have a functional relationship till i was 20, maybe thats why i am still teriffied of the shower. Now if i just thought she was "gone"why have i tortured myself, tried to force myself to remember every detail about her, like the time she french braided my hair, the way she smelt of obbsession purfume, the way we would all dance in the living room of the apartment to any man of mine... i still have a picture of her on my dresser and have for as long as i can remember! Trust me we hurt just as much as anyone else effected by this case, and how dare you even think that we are that nieve... we had to leave everything we've ever known to heal from this, and we're grown up now but i still rack my brain trying to remember anything i could to help no one could ever know the things me and my sisters went through so dont pass judgement on us...
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: Girl who fears the shower on July 31, 2009, 01:22:05 PM
To Justwondering
i dont understand, if you have information come forward PLEASE
there are alot of things im scared of and ****is one of them.
but if your afraid of him then why not make him pay for the fear
he has inflicted upon all of us? it really is a horrible thing when
a daughter has so much fear in her father and the worst part
is i dont know if he did it, what if i hated him all those years
because of this and what if all that hate was for nothing? im not
trying to say i dont think he did it, because i do beleive there is
something he is hiding, you say that there are three people who
protect him still and i beleive you are one of them. Come forward
Justwondering, please give me, my family, sheryls family and my
fathers family some closure. I need to know if my father murdered
that beautiful lady that i loved so dearly. i was only a little girl when
this all happened and its haunted me for many years. Since the case
has been reopened i think about this nearly everyday... i love my father
i really do, whether he did this or not i will love him unconditionly, but my
sisters and me would really like to end this nightmare and i want to see
me father for who he really is, "Closure, its time to come forward."
So come forward, its time to give everybody involved some peace of mind.

**edited to remove name

Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: Chris on July 31, 2009, 02:51:19 PM
Wow Sheryl sure did have a lot of peole who cared for her.

I am glad this case is open and that a suspect has been ID'd. I do hope if anyone has any info, they will contact police or at least crime stoppers.

I am sure the family would be so happy to not just see a conviction, but also learn what happened and possibly know where her body is.

Please, anyone who knows anything that might be helpful, please send me (the admin) a PM and let me direct you to where you can make an anonymous tip.
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: CrazyCanadianCowgirl on October 24, 2009, 03:26:11 AM
It sounds as though you are speaking of this man's violence from experience. Thank the Lord you were STRONG enough to leave. Perhaps you will speak at his trial in the near future as to the physical and emotional abuse you suffered at his hands. I feel for his children, living in fear of the the unknown. Yes you can love your abuser, Lord knows, I still love mine (I'm an incest survivor). I'm sure someone has an insight into where Sheryl's body is. It will be somewhere that her murderer has been before. Maybe a remote place he camped, or hiked, an abandoned well he stumbled across, an abandoned barn, a farmers field or patch of woods he lived near, someone might remember something from a conversation or outing that they had with him. To Sheryl's family, my thoughts are with you, to Sheryl's step-children, knowing Sheryl, she loved you unconditionally and you made her time with you special (she loved children and wanted some badly). This case is dragging on too long, the police need to do something more. This family needs to put their daughter, sister, stepmother, and friend to rest (in peace). God please give this family closure soon.

***edited to remove inappropriate comment
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: Saddened on December 13, 2009, 10:47:21 AM
I was a childhood friend of Sheryl's and sadly lost touch with her when I moved out on my own and moved from my childhood home. My Mother had taken Sheryl in on numerous occasions. Sheryl was a rebel when she young. I have some pretty wonderful memories of both of us getting into trouble. Nothing serious, just your typical adolescent misgivings. Sheryl would often run away from home and always end up at my place. Her poor Mother would always check in with us to see if we had heard from her. Usually we would have. Sadly not this time!!!!!  :(
I have been trying to follow this investigation to see if they come up with anything. As we know, nothing has evolved to date.
I feel bad for all that were  close to her. This is NOT an ending any person deserves!!!!!
I also feel bad for Mike's girls. It sounds like you all had it pretty tough emotionally. Just know it is NOT your fault what your father is being accused of. I don't know him, nor have I ever met him, but if he knows ANYTHING (I'm sure he does) he obviously is NOT a decent person to allow so many to suffer including his own children.
This has to come to an end. How I find peace with this is thinking that Sheryl is just not ready to be found yet. Just like when she was young and running away she didn't want to be found until she was ready (stubborn). I hope one day her spirit will give police or anyone who knows anything a clue that will break this case and Sheryl can finally be laid to rest the way she deserves and her poor Mother will finally have the closure she so deserves. That woman has been through so much with her girls and loved them unconditionally the way all parents should ♥
My prayers are with you Odette!!!!! Stay Strong, one day you will be with your daughter again and have all the answers you deserve. It is just too bad that God has chosen such a sad and tragic path for you're family  :( I am a believer that things do happen for a reason. What this reason is I can't imagine, but I also believe what comes around goes around, so whoever is responsible will some how pay in the end!
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: Chris on December 14, 2009, 03:55:43 AM
Thanks for posting, I am very sorry about your friend, this must have been hard.

I do hope your friend is found, and that this case will be solved. It is so nice to know a bit about her.
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: dawn on January 03, 2010, 06:34:37 AM
wow. so many care, It sounds like ****may have some serious issues. it sounds like a long violent past, with more than one woman. there is a lot of good advice here as well, for people close to this case

a. perhaps she is somewhere ****has been before, where has he been?
b. he said he murdered his wife and kids, where did he say he put them?
c. one lady says he told her he fantasized about killing her, how much of the fantasy did he tell her?
d. on the off chance that he was sorry for killing her, where in his sick mind would he think she would want to be layed to rest?
e. this may sound sick, but if he liked it, has anyone noticed any other missing women or jane does, that are similar to sheryls case? if he is what people say and he did fantasize about killing, wouldnt that make you wonder.
f. it doesnt seem like anyone on this site who may know sheryl are sharing what they know with each other, you may jog each others memory.
g. find help for yourselves if you havent
I wish you all the best and hope she is found and that everyone finds peace.

**name removed

Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: Chris on January 03, 2010, 05:44:46 PM
Thanks dawn, some good points
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: capeheart on March 11, 2010, 05:26:22 PM
Lost, hurrah for you, you tell him people around here do not backup murderers. They want them behind bars. And anybody who assists in keeping secrets about people in that fashion can also be charged with assisting in criminal activity or keeping known information away from solving a crime. There are charges that can be laid against individuals who assist in covering up a murder. And  sometimes those guilty do not want anyone to bring up the facts on this space or any other space. What are you afraid of that you don't want this case talked about. We care what happened to Sheryl and we just want to know the truth. Justice will be done for Sheryl, eventually. ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: Sleuth on March 20, 2010, 01:06:22 PM
MissingYouSS; You go girl! You are standing firm in something you believe in, that takes courage and a great deal of inner strength. I salute you. I think people forget that because a person has 'family' doesn't mean a person has to love a member of the 'family', or even like the person, have the person up at the dinner table, go shopping with him or her, or even talk to the person. Sometimes a best friend is more of a person's 'family' that a blood relative, in all ways.
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: never_lose_hope on December 14, 2010, 02:58:04 PM
This whole case is so tragic, I'm very dedicated to reading all I can about it now. So many people hurt from this, lost without answers. I truly hope a new year & new anniversary brings a new hope and that the people who know things they haven't shared, come forward to police with that information.

So sorry to those of you who are suffering by not knowing, may the peace you need find you.
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: Concerned on January 02, 2011, 03:12:27 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with the family today. On this anniversary, perhaps we can post all we know about this case. Here are details found on NAMPN, that have not made it on this thread yet.

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Missing Since: January 2, 1998 from Hamilton, Ontario
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: September 29, 1968
Age: 29
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 105 lbs.
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Race: White
Gender: Female
Distinguishing Characteristics: Tattoo on ankle - unknown which ankle
AKA: Fisher, maiden name Sweeney
Case Number: 98-501950
Dentals: Available, teeth were stained
DNA: Available

Details of Disappearance
Sheryl Sheppard, who shared a Stoney Creek apartment with her mother has been missing under suspicious circumstances since January 2, 1998. She could have been missing since New Years's Day.
Sheppard was born and raised in Hamilton and attended Notre Dame High School until grade 10. She married at 21 but the marriage lasted less than six months. A second marriage lasted one year. Sheppard worked at Tim Hortons at Sanford Avenue North and Cannon Street East in Hamilton since it opened September 1997.
Her fiance proposed to her live on Hamilton's television station ONtv on New Year's Eve, she accepted a marriage proposal this television appearance is believed to be the last time anyone saw her. Friends say the two had dated for about two years, and he had moved into the apartment with Sheppard and her mother several months before.
Her fiance was to have dropped her off at the Concord Hotel in Niagara Falls for a dancing gig on January 2, but police say she never arrived at the hotel. The Concord manager said she was not scheduled to work his establishment and he has never seen her. Friends and family say she had a stormy relationship with her fiance.
She was supposed to have picked up her mother at the Pearson Airport January 4, but she never showed up. A check of her apartment turned up her wallet and identification.
Foul play may have occurred
Her fiance was found in a storage locker with his car running.

Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Hamilton Police Service
Detective Peter Thom
(905) 546-3843

Source: NAMPN
http://www.nampn.org/cases/sheppard_sheryl.html (http://www.nampn.org/cases/sheppard_sheryl.html)

OPP Missing Person
Case No. 20080154OPP

http://www.missing-u.ca/MPDetail.aspx?PersonID=697 (http://www.missing-u.ca/MPDetail.aspx?PersonID=697)

Hamilton Police Service
Case No 98-501950 as reported on

Source:  http://www.hamiltonpolice.on.ca/HPS/CrimeFiles/Rewards/rewardssheppard.htm (http://www.hamiltonpolice.on.ca/HPS/CrimeFiles/Rewards/rewardssheppard.htm)

Help Find Sheryl Sheppard Facebook page
<link removed>

Crime Files Cold Case Special:
http://www.locatetv.com/tv/crime-files-cold-case-specials/2045681 (http://www.locatetv.com/tv/crime-files-cold-case-specials/2045681)
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Crimefiles Cold Case Edition (3 x 30:00) In the only show of its kind in Canada, Sue Sgambati puts a fresh headline on cold Canadian cases. Every show features new information and draws on various stakeholders to focus new attention on these unsolved mysteries. The program includes victims’ families, forensic experts, criminal profilers, and the lead investigators.
␣ MargaretMcDonald(June3,2005)Policeopentheevidenceboxonthe1994brutalsexual assault and murder of a Toronto grandmother. A criminal profiler offers exclusive insight into the killer of Margaret McDonald, an elderly woman who was raped and murdered.
␣ GirlintheSuitcase(June10,2005)Profilesagirl,possiblyfromAfrica,whowasrapedand murdered. An unidentified murder victim from 1994 who is known only as “the girl in the suitcase.”
␣ SherylSheppard(June17,2005)Profilesawomanwhoismissingandpresumedmurdered, possibly as a result of domestic violence...
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/bcasting/ann_rep/lta_c2.pdf (http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/bcasting/ann_rep/lta_c2.pdf)

Ontario's Missing Adults:
http://www.missingadults.ca/viewMAcase.php?case=ON-MF-1998-01-01126&DateOfDiscoveryStart=&DateOfDiscoveryEnd=rldnhvqwgyhwqo&&StartAt=210&EndAt=245&CurCase=240 (http://www.missingadults.ca/viewMAcase.php?case=ON-MF-1998-01-01126&DateOfDiscoveryStart=&DateOfDiscoveryEnd=rldnhvqwgyhwqo&&StartAt=210&EndAt=245&CurCase=240)

There is a mention of the Sheryl Sheppard case in this document (but you have to purchase to read). Does anyone know what this article may have said.  Here is the snippet when Googled:
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Feb 7, 2006... in the Hamilton General morgue when he worked the Sheryl Sheppard case. ... had gone missing in January 1998 and was presumed murdered. ...
Post-Mortem; Justice at Last for Yvette Budram (http://www.scribd.com/doc/26448763/Post-Mortem-Justice-at-Last-for-Yvette-Budram#)

Porchlight Canada:
http://s13.invisionfree.com/PorchlightCanada/ar/t1258.htm (http://s13.invisionfree.com/PorchlightCanada/ar/t1258.htm)

Biography - Missing People - "Mother Longs to Learn Daughter's Fate/Sheppard, Sheryl" December 30, 2002
http://www.nflibrary.ca/nfplindex/show.asp?id=208214&b=1 (http://www.nflibrary.ca/nfplindex/show.asp?id=208214&b=1)

Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: Concerned on January 02, 2011, 03:32:09 PM
I wonder if the Hamilton Spector could do an article on Don Forgan, again, but this time the focus on Sheryl's story. It was his first. Wrap his career with the efforts on this case. Or, if he wasn't responsible all these years, perhaps an interview with one who was.  A beautiful human interest story may bring out the compassion. Just enough to find some answers that come forward. You just never know.

A snippet from the Hamilton Spector article:

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Sat Mar 06 2010 
Witness: A true crime story Part 1 of a seven-part series: Cold blood

...Don Forgan had started as a cop very young; straight out of high school he bugged an officer at the station until he got hired. He grew up in Hamilton, his parents were from Scotland. At eight years old his mother enrolled him in bagpipe lessons, Monday nights at 7 p.m. The Monkees TV show was on Mondays, so Don resisted, but grew to love the instrument, eventually played in competitions and won his share. With the pipes, you are judged not on the emotion you show while playing, but the emotion conveyed through the tune. Don let it flow through his music.

After 20 years on the job, in 1998, he was assigned to homicide, what was then called the Major Crime Unit. He was made for the work, intense, always up for a case, quick-witted and thoughtful, could put a family in pain at ease in the morning and grill a suspect in the afternoon with equal effectiveness.

First day on the job in homicide, Jan. 4, 1998, assigned to new partner Warren Korol, who was riding high in the branch, having arrested Stoney Creek serial poisoner Sukhwinder Dhillon three months earlier after chasing the case all the way to the Punjab. Forgan walked in the door on the second floor at Central Station and Korol met him immediately.

"Don't bother taking your coat off Donny, we've gotta head out. New case."

"But I don't even know where the coffee pot is yet."

The case was a missing person/suspected homicide, the victim's name Sheryl Sheppard. The body was missing, so there was no crime scene. They started at her apartment; you always start at the victim, start with people closest to her, and work out. ...

For the full article:  http://www.thespec.com/news/article/265176--witness-a-true-crime-story-part-1-of-a-seven-part-series-cold-blood (http://www.thespec.com/news/article/265176--witness-a-true-crime-story-part-1-of-a-seven-part-series-cold-blood)

Part 1

Part 2
http://www.thespec.com/news/article/265180--witness-a-true-crime-story-part-2-of-7-naked-eye (http://www.thespec.com/news/article/265180--witness-a-true-crime-story-part-2-of-7-naked-eye)

Part 3
http://www.thespec.com/news/article/265181--witness-a-true-crime-story-part-3-of-7-bad-man (http://www.thespec.com/news/article/265181--witness-a-true-crime-story-part-3-of-7-bad-man)

Part 4
http://www.thespec.com/news/article/265186--witness-a-true-crime-story-part-4-of-7-dark-fate (http://www.thespec.com/news/article/265186--witness-a-true-crime-story-part-4-of-7-dark-fate)

Part 5
http://www.thespec.com/news/article/265196--witness-a-true-crime-story-part-5-of-7-underworld (http://www.thespec.com/news/article/265196--witness-a-true-crime-story-part-5-of-7-underworld)

Part 6
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...There seemed no other avenues to pursue. He was getting tapped by his senior officers to work other cases, including revisiting the Sheryl Sheppard cold case...
http://www.thespec.com/news/article/265632--witness-a-true-crime-story-part-6-of-7-evil-presence (http://www.thespec.com/news/article/265632--witness-a-true-crime-story-part-6-of-7-evil-presence)

Part 7
http://www.thespec.com/news/article/265634--witness-a-true-crime-story-part-7-of-7-life-after-death (http://www.thespec.com/news/article/265634--witness-a-true-crime-story-part-7-of-7-life-after-death)
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: Concerned on January 02, 2011, 03:43:57 PM
Another article mention of the case:

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'Death in the family'; Chapter 1
JON WELLS
February 7, 2006
THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR
(Feb 4, 2006)

Snippet:

...The message from Warren, on Saunders' voice mail, had continued: "Shelley, we've got a situation here. Got some remains out here in Flamborough and we're hoping you can help us out. I've got authority from the coroner that you can assist."

The voice belonged to Hamilton Detective Sergeant Warren Korol. He had first met Saunders in the Hamilton General morgue when he worked the Sheryl Sheppard case.

Sheppard, a 29-year-old former exotic dancer and doughnut shop worker, had gone missing in January 1998 and was presumed murdered. Some bones had been found at the bottom of a hydro dam in Niagara. Saunders offered an opinion on the nature of the bones, in case there was some connection to Sheppard. Korol thought Shelley was a dynamic lady, extremely intelligent.

Turned out that the bones were not Sheppard's, and her body was never found.

After hearing Korol's message, Saunders knew she would need to drive to McMaster, where her office was tucked at the end of a narrow hallway on the fifth floor of Chester New Hall. Her office was not much bigger than a walk-in closet, with models of skulls decorating a packed bookshelf.

She kept her kit for attending crime scenes in storage on the fourth floor. It was like a large fishing tackle box, contained trowels, brushes. For this case, Saunders knew, she would need to take the blue box out into the country, might need to do an excavation.

Her academic work focused on examining clues, meticulously, over years, to gradually unearth answers about those who had died long ago.

This death would not be so ancient....

http://www.thespec.com/print/article/199640 (http://www.thespec.com/print/article/199640)
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: goNgo on May 28, 2011, 08:08:25 AM
May 17,2011 from Hamilton Spectator

Reward boosted in Sheppard murder case

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Somebody out there knows.

And Hamilton police are hoping a $50,000 reward — up from $10,000 — will motivate someone to come forward with information leading to an arrest and conviction in the homicide of Sheryl Sheppard.

Detective Peter Thom said he hopes the reward increase will “help motivate the consciences of the individuals” who have information about the 13-year-old case.


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Both police and Fisher believe the case is a homicide, but her body has never been found.

Police have publicly named Lavoie as the prime suspect, but he’s never been charged.

Lavoie and his family have not co-operated with police, Thom said.



Maybe this will motivate someone to come forward with information, overcoming fear or old allegiances.  We can only hope so for the sake of Sheryl's family and friends.
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: Techgirl on August 15, 2011, 05:23:52 PM
 I am new to this site, and sent a message to hardware.  Hopefully it helps.  Good luck
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: butterflies on January 08, 2015, 10:12:49 AM
wow. so many care, It sounds like mike lavoie may have some serious issues. it sounds like a long violent past, with more than one woman. there is a lot of good advice here as well, for people close to this case

a. perhaps she is somewhere lavoie has been before, where has he been?
b. he said he murdered his wife and kids, where did he say he put them?
c. one lady says he told her he fantasized about killing her, how much of the fantasy did he tell her?
d. on the off chance that he was sorry for killing her, where in his sick mind would he think she would want to be layed to rest?
e. this may sound sick, but if he liked it, has anyone noticed any other missing women or jane does, that are similar to sheryls case? if he is what people say and he did fantasize about killing, wouldnt that make you wonder.
f. it doesnt seem like anyone on this site who may know sheryl are sharing what they know with each other, you may jog each others memory.
g. find help for yourselves if you havent
I wish you all the best and hope she is found and that everyone finds peace.

Great points.  That one is very alarming though. I sure hope his children (although definitely grown by now) are not in any danger. Looks like another year has sadly passed. I am hoping this case gets solved. The family needs closure.

I'm just wondering, do you think the proposal was a way to "cover up" a premeditated murder or maybe things went sour shortly after the proposal? Things just don't add up.
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: hardware on September 27, 2015, 09:32:25 PM
i did talk to an investigator on this case few years ago. Even talked to the mother on the phone for a short time. The British detective came across to me as having his own view point on who was responsible and i was threatened from him after talking to the mother or step mother with harrassment because of it. Until another detective is assigned to this case with an open mind i fear this case will never be solved. I feel alot of focus has been placed on mike lavoie and its a closed door case. Needs a new detective with an open mind.
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: 2soccermom on September 28, 2015, 08:19:36 AM
hi Hardware -- I can only imagine how frustrating/burdensome it must feel to have information you feel could be meaningful
to the family and yet be unable to pass it along. But at the same time, I understand why families of victims need protecting
(I mean generally, not of course in specific relation to you) when they are in so much pain. I wonder how you might feel about
writing a letter to Sheryl's family, and including there all the info/questions you have, and requesting that a detective pass that
along? That way, you might feel like you have more control over what and how info gets communicated, while still honouring the
clear desire LE has generally to protect families. Do you trust there is someone in LE close enough to the case that could and would
be able to do this for you? Could you put this sensitive info into text?
Again, I can imagine how it feels to carry info you think could help, but not be fully able to release it. Hang in there. I hope the
"in-writing" thing might work  (but I can also understand why this might not be satisfactory to you....)
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: hardware on October 17, 2016, 11:28:23 PM
It is frustrating as the years go by. This case is old and needs a new detective on it. Is don still on this one. They shouldn't leave a case with one detective for 20 years. He's already accused someone and doesn't want to admit maybe he's wrong and look passed it. Personally speaking to the detective i found him very rude and unprofessional and wouldn't want him working on my behalf. He made it clear to me by yelling at me in a phone call if i talked to the mother again i would be charged for harassment by him. He is one sided and just wasting time as i feel. What has he done besides accuse someone publicly who has never been charged. Then to say there was no cooperation from the party. That basically means they didn't admit to something even though they could of been totally innocent in the first place and didn't know anything. But they wanted a confession because really they don't care who they lock up. I've been bent over the bar stool before by the finest and know just all too well how they work. I feel for the family and hope one day they get closer.     
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: capeheart on November 21, 2016, 04:34:57 PM
This is a case that is being investigated as a cold case. It is on CBC listed as "SOMEONE KNOWS SOMETHING". I just listened to the first episode of this case, which started Nov 21. If you go to cbc.ca.sks, you can get the story there. I thought this case would be on here, but it isn't. You can listen to the details and maybe you can post the link on how to get to this on here. It is a very sad story that her mom gives on the interview.  :'( :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: mock on February 01, 2017, 08:39:34 PM
Please if you know something , come forward   . I think this case as gone on to long  and maybe they have  not looked at any other  possibilities and narrow in on only one person. I know you have tried but please try again
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: mock on February 01, 2017, 08:41:08 PM
The above message is for hardware , sorry I don't know how to address it him so he can see this . I am new at all this
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: mock on February 01, 2017, 11:13:58 PM
Does anybody know how I can send Hardware a direct message . If he has information  I want to ask him to try to contact someone again . He has tried but nobody will listen . Sounds like he has tried now for a few years  The police seem to have focused only at one person  maybe  he has some information that may lead to other possibilities.
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: Sap1 on February 02, 2017, 02:24:41 AM
Hi Mock, welcome to Unsolved.

To message hardware go back to his post and click on his name on the left hand side. That will bring you to this below:
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hardware
Member
Email .... (shows as envelope)
Offline Offline
Send PM
Show Posts
Show Stats

Click on "Send PM". That opens a box with a message form. When you have written the message, click Send. A notification will appear in his e-mail. Also under his name there is shown an envelope and if you click on that and send message it should go straight to e-mail.

I hope this helps. :)
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: mock on February 02, 2017, 07:36:42 PM
Thank You for your help. If Hardware  see this please come forward with any information. They are currently doing a podcast  on this case maybe you can let them know your thoughts  without having to speak to the police again. The littlest thing could be helpful.   You may be right  they have not focused on any other possibilities or suspects. Its been going on to long
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: Sap1 on February 03, 2017, 02:18:04 AM
Mock, Hardware hasn't been on the site for a few months. Perhaps please send him a message in case he doesn't know about the documentary. Let him know about the Docu.
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: mock on February 05, 2017, 06:00:22 PM
Thank You Sap, I  messaged him but no response it appears the police have written him off as not having any information.  I can;t just help thinking he may have  information  that may  have helped why would he  be trying  for so many years . I just don;t get it, but I can see why he is frustrated and gave up on the police
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: Sap1 on February 06, 2017, 03:56:03 AM
Unfortunately we find often that police don't follow up on all tips as they say they do. Mock, it also could be that Hardware doesn't check his e-mail daily. He may still write back to you.
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: Chris on March 01, 2017, 01:08:09 PM
https://www.change.org/p/mr-david-sweet-m-p-help-find-sheryl-sheppard?recruiter=255048296&utm_source=share_for_starters&utm_medium=copyLink

Sheryl Sheppard was 29 years old when she disappeared in early January, 1998. Days before her disappearance, she attended a New Year's Eve party in Hamilton, Ontario on December 31, 1997 with her boyfriend Michael Lavoie.  Michael proposed to Sheryl on live TV and she said "yes". After the New Year’s party, Sheryl spoke to a several people over the phone, including her mother Odette Fisher, the next day. Some time on or around January 2, 1998, Sheryl disappeared, and has not been seen since.

No remains or traces of Sheryl were found. Lavoie, who was allegedly the last person to see her, claims that he dropped Sheryl off at a hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario, on the evening of January 2, 1998. He claims that Sheryl intended to dance at this hotel.
Sheryl's disappearance left her mother, Odette Fisher devastated, alone, and without closure. It fractured relationships of parties close to Sheryl, and impacted the Hamilton community.

We, together with Sheryl's family and friends, have searched desperately to find answers.

We want to set an example for Sheryl's case and other cold cases by providing our direct support as a community and fellow Canadians. We demand justice be brought to the family of Sheryl Sheppard.

We are seeking increased involvement from Hamilton Police on Sheryl's case. An ongoing CBC podcast by David Ridgen brought many new pieces of information and witness testimony forward. We believe that police and prosecutors should act on this information to seek answers from Michael Lavoie, the prime suspect in the case. In addition, we want to assist police to raise a larger reward fund for Sheryl and in additional searches if required.

With an increased reward (currently $50,000), we believe that those with information about what happened to Sheryl will be more inclined to step forward. We believe that those involved in Sheryl's disappearance - who still live in our community - can finally be brought to justice.
For those interested in more information regarding Sheryl's case, please go to www.cbc.ca/sks to check out David Ridgen's ongoing investigation.

Thank you all for your support.

This petition will be delivered to:
Mr. David Sweet, M.P.
Chief Eric Girt
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: rainstorm on August 10, 2018, 07:33:54 PM
Human remains found in wooded area near Marineland: Niagara police
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/niagara-police-human-remains-1.4778854
Title: Re: Sheryl SHEPPARD - Murder (January 2nd, 1998)
Post by: jellybean on August 12, 2018, 07:56:42 PM
Was it Sheryl?

jb