Shane William Neuhaus

Above: Neuhaus, circa 2003


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 2003 from Liberty Township, Ohio
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: May 17, 1968
  • Age: 35 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8, 180 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Graying brown hair, blue eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Neuhaus was last seen in September 2003 in Liberty Township, Ohio. He was accompanied by Shawn A. Deardoff at the time of his disappearance. He has never been heard from again. Neuhaus's father stated his son had "problems with people" at the time of his disappearance and wanted to carry a gun with him.

    In March 2005, Deardoff was charged with feloniously assaulting Neuhaus. Investigators believe he beat Neuhaus and caused serious physical harm to him shortly after his disappearance. Michael Fogt is considered a suspect in Neuhaus's disappearance. He has been charged with the murders of Cynthia A. Pickens and Martha A. Behymer. Pickens disappeared in November 2003; her body wasn't found until March 2005. Behymer, who was the mother of Fogt's daughter, was murdered sometime in 1998 or 1999. Fogt led police to her body in 2005; it was concealed in a 55-gallon drum on his parents' property. Fogt has not faced charges in Neuhaus's disappearance. Photographs of him and Deardoff are posted below this case summary.

    Some accounts give the time of Neuhaus's disappearance as the early summer of 2003. He has ties to the Jackson County, Florida area. Foul play is suspected in his case due to the circumstances involved.

    Deardoff Fogt
    Left: Shawn Deardoff;
    Right: Michael Fogt


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Highland County Sheriff’s Office


    Source Information
    Highland County Sheriff’s Office
    WXIX Fox 19 Cincinnati
    The People's Defender
    Ohio Attorney General's Office


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 24, 2010; date of birth added, details of disappearance updated.

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