Roderick A. Shade

Above: Shade, circa 2005


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 11, 2005 from Cayuga County, New York
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: February 12, 1961
  • Age: 44 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'4, 175 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Black hair, brown eyes. Shade's nickname is Rod.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Shade was last seen in Cayuga County, New York on September 11, 2005. He had gone on a fishing trip with his fiancee. She left to go to work, but Shade stayed behind to fish alone for one more day. He launched his 25-foot Bayliner motorboat from Port Bay, near Wolcott, at 4:00 p.m. Shade talked with friends via marine radio at 8:00 p.m. that day. He has never been heard from again.

    At 1:00 p.m. the next day, Shade's boat washed ashore at Moon Beach near Oswego, New York. It was undamaged. The key was in the ignition, the throttle was open, the lights were on and fishing gear was set up, but there was no sign of Shade. An extensive search of the area turned up no sign of him.

    Shade owned a drywall business in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania in 2005. Foul play is not suspected in his disappearance; authorities believe he accidentally drowned. He was declared legally dead in June 2008, but his body has never been recovered.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    New York State Police
    Wolcott Station


    Source Information
    North American Missing Persons Network
    The Waynesboro Record Herald
    The Syracuse Post-Standard
    The Herald-Mail


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 22, 2008; casefile added.

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