Shawn C. Hess

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Above Images: Hess, circa 2002


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 26, 2002 from Brainerd, Minnesota
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Age: 28 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'1, 175 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, green eyes. Hess's hair was shoulder-length at the time of his disappearance and he normally kept it pulled back into a ponytail. He has dimples in both cheeks, pierced ears, and tattoos on his back, his chest, both shoulders and both upper arms.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Hess was last seen in Brainerd, Minnesota on February 26, 2002. He was near Oak Street and south Eighth Street at the time of his disappearance. Witnesses said that Hess was walking in an east/southeast direction. He has never been heard from again. He may have been using drugs and alcohol at the time of his disappearance.

    Hess's family members reported him as a missing person on February 28. His apartment in the 1100 block of south Sixth Street was untouched. He left all of his clothing, identification and medication inside of his residence. There has not been any activity within Hess's bank accounts since February 2002.

    Authorities discovered a jacket matching the description of Hess's parka in May 2002, three months after he disappeared. The jacket was located near a swamp east of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad shops near Highways 210 and 25 in Brainerd. Pants, shoes and socks, and a shirt were also found scattered in the area, in a progressive path along the railroad tracks. Investigators believe that Hess may have died as the result of hypothermia, which often causes victims to undress as the result of disorientation.

    Authorities continued several extensive searches for Hess's remains, but no evidence was located. The terrain where they looked for him is so rough and covered with swamps and bogs that the searchers could have been within feet of Hess and not noticed. His family members held a memorial service for him later in 2002 and hope to recover his body in the future.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Brainerd Police Department


    Source Information
    The Brainerd Dispatch
    The Citizen Observer


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 7, 2011; picture added, date of disappearance and distinguishing characteristics updated.

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