Geneva girl still missing after 8 years
8 years ago on Sunday, a Geneva girl went missing. There has been no trace of her since.
Shanna Peoples was last seen walking down Morris Street outside of her parents house, right before she disappeared. Officials tell WTVY that this is still an open case and one like they've never seen before in this area.
"That somebody literally vanished off the face of the earth within 45 minutes, there's no trace of her," Geneva County Sheriff, Tony Helms said.
On September 8th, 2011 around 3pm, Shanna told her parents she was on her way to their house. A walk that would only take minutes... but she never showed up.
"And you wonder where did they go? What did we miss? What did anybody else miss? Somebody remembers seeing something, do you trust their memory?" Helms said.
Shanna was known to have a tight knit relationship with her parents. So when they didn't hear from her, they knew something was wrong.
"It was highly unusual for them not to talk or see her at some point during the day and that's when they notified us that something wasn't correct and said she was missing," Geneva County Chief of Police, Tony Clemmons said.
Shanna was living with her boyfriend, who was out of town when she went missing. Officials have and are still looking at several persons of interest in this case.
"As long as I'm here it's going to be an open case and I'd like to get some closure of this case and I hope and pray that we can find her alive. It's just a case a lot of us want to solve and help get this family some closure," Clemons said.
The Geneva Police Department has had several teams come in to assist in the case. The FBI and SBI helped most recently with a lead in 2018 searching with cadaver dogs.
"Anytime someone gives us a lead we try to follow up on it, hoping for the best in all the situations and right now we just take it one day at a time with it," Clemmons said.
Shanna's parents continue to put up fliers in hopes that she will be found. Everyone is still in shock of what has happened.
"This is a tight knit community and everybody pretty well knows everybody here and they try to look out for one another," Clemmons said.
Shanna was 19 went she went missing, and she would be 27 this November.
Police have and still continue to investigate leads in this case. So if you have any information you are asked to contact your local law enforcement agency.