Megan Nicole Shultz

Shultz, circa 2006; Shultz's Chinese symbol tattoo; Keith Comfort

  • Missing Since 08/04/2006
  • Missing From Columbia, Missouri
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth 08/01/1982 (37)
  • Age 24 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'9 - 5'10, 120 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A pink tank top, white capri pants, flip-flops, an emerald green nose piece, silver earrings and possibly a white gold wedding ring.
  • Medical Conditions Shultz was in a car accident prior to her disappearance and was taking prescription painkillers as a result. She also has a history of erratic behavior suggestive of mental illness. Her father suffers from bipolar disorder, but Shultz has not been diagnosed with the same condition.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Shultz's ears are triple-pierced and her tongue, navel and right nostril are pierced. She has previously fractured her lower left leg. Shultz has the following tattoos: a butterfly on her right shoulder blade, a music symbol on her left shoulder and Chinese symbol on her lower back. A picture of the latter tattoo is posted with this case summary. Shultz had poor dental health at the time of her disappearance. She may use the last name Comfort.

Details of Disappearance

Shultz as last seen at her residence in the vicinity of Amelia and Old Highway 63 in Columbia, Missouri at approximately 1:00 a.m. on August 4, 2006, three days after her twenty-fourth birthday. Her husband, Keith Alan Comfort, stated she left the residence on foot to meet friends and never returned. Her friends stated she never arrived to meet them.

Comfort's arm was bruised and scratched on the day of her disappearance. He stated Shultz had given him the injuries while they were arguing that day.

Shultz's mother stated her daughter was a happy young woman and a good student until about age 17, when her behavior began to change. She became unstable and occasionally violent, dropped out of school, could not maintain a job, and once spent a short period in a mental hospital. She was arrested for domestic assault twice, once in 2003 and once in 2005. Shultz appeared to improve after she married in 2005 and had an infant daughter, but a few months after the birth she began having depressive episodes.

After her August 2006 disappearance, her mother discovered evidence that during her marriage, Shultz was involved with drug use and other illegal and risky activity. She had lived in the Columbia area her whole life and attended Rock Bridge High School.

Comfort filed for divorce three weeks after her disappearance and later moved to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. In August 2019, on the thirteenth anniversary of Shultz's disappearance, he went to the police in Wisconsin and gave a voluntary statement implicating himself in her death. A photo of Comfort is posted with this case summary.

According to his confession, Shultz had participated in a drug deal on the day of her disappearance and "ripped someone off." When Comfort arrived home, she was frantic, yelling and swinging her arms at him. He grabbed her, pushed her to the ground and strangled her to death. Once he realized Shultz wasn't breathing, Comfort put her body in a black garbage bag and threw it in a dumpster.

Comfort has been charged with second-degree murder. He is awaiting trial. Foul play is suspect in Shultz's disappearance due to the circumstances involved.

Investigating Agency

  • Columbia Police Department 573-874-7624

Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated August 6, 2019; picture added, details of disappearance updated.