Michael A. Sheppard Jr.

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Above Images: Sheppard, circa 2003

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 8, 2003 from Milan, Ohio
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 12, 1967
  • Age: 35 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0, 160 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Sheppard was living in his mother and stepfather's Milan, Ohio home when, in April 2003, they found out he was selling drugs and asked him to leave. Late that month, he went to visit his mother driving a red Ford pickup truck. He said he'd just bought the truck and was on his way to get license plates for it, and would return to visit her in two days. He never did. He was last seen on May 8, and has not been seen or heard from since. Several months after his mother last saw him, she got phone calls from two brothers in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Sheppard used to live. The callers said Sheppard had stolen thousands of dollars from a drug dealer. They demanded to know his whereabouts and threatened his life. Sheppard's mother notified the police about the threats and filed a missing persons report.

    According to his family, Sheppard began using drugs in high school and was selling them by the time he was in his twenties. They stated he tried many times to overcome his addiction, but always relapsed. In spite of his drug problem, however, he was devoted to his family and kept in close contact with them. None of his relatives have heard from him since 2003.

    There have been many unsubstantiated rumors about Sheppard's disappearance and the supposed location of his body. Authorities believe he was murdered by his drug associates. They think his body may be in the Huron County, Ohio area. His case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Perkins County Police Department
    419-627-0824

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    Source Information
    The Coshocton Tribune
    The Sandusky Register
    America's Most Wanted
    Texas EquuSearch Mounted Search and Recovery Team
    Ohio Attorney General's Office

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 24, 2011; picture added.

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