Natasha Marie Shanes

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Top Row and Bottom Left and Center: Natasha, circa 1985;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 34 (circa 2013)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 8, 1985 from Jackson, Michigan
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: January 23, 1979
  • Age: 6 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'0, 57 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Light brown/blonde hair, brown eyes. Natasha has a small scar on her forehead and a scar from a dog bite on one of her cheeks. She has a strawberry birthmark on the back of her neck at her hairline. Natasha has fallen arches, or flat feet. Her ears are pierced. Her nicknames are Tasha and Tashia. At the time of her disappearance, her hair was permed.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A large blue and white shirt with a safety pin on it, and blue jeans or a denim skirt.
  • Medical Conditions: Natasha suffers from epilepsy and a mild intellectual disability; she also has scoliosis. She has the mental age of a four-year-old and needs anti-seizure medication; if she doesn't take it, she may lapse into a coma and die.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Natasha was last seen asleep on the sofa in the living room of her family's home in the 900 block of Maple Avenue in Jackson, Michigan. Her mother awoke in the early morning hours of May 8, 1985 to the sound of a car door slamming outside. She fell back asleep and awoke again at 6:00 a.m. Natasha's mother discovered that her daughter was missing from their residence at that time. One of the doors to their house was wide open and there was no trace of Natasha. She has never been heard from again. It is believed she either wandered away or was abducted between the hours of 1:30 and 6:00 a.m.

    Natasha's mother's live-in boyfriend, Robert F. Forbes, was found shot to death near his own mother's house two days after Natasha disappeared. His death was ruled a suicide, but there is some suspicion that he was murdered. Forbes was a drug dealer and had served a prison sentence for trafficking heroin. Authorities do not believe his crimes or his death are necessarily related to Natasha's case, however.

    There have been no substantial leads in Natasha's case and an extensive search of the neighborhood turned up no sign of her. She is believed to be deceased. Her case remains unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    Operation Lookout
    California Attorney General's Office
    America's Most Wanted
    The Jackson Citizen Patriot
    The Green Bay Press-Gazette
    The Lansing State Journal
    The Marshfield News-Herald
    The Fort Myers News-Press
    The Fond Du Lac Commonwealth Reporter
    The Morning Call


    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 19, 2017; three pictures added, medical conditions and details of disappearance updated.

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